Be Thou Ready, Bethlehem!

Apolytikion of the Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ
Fourth Tone
English translation by Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Brookline, MA
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Be thou ready, Bethlehem, Eden hath opened unto all.
Ephratha, prepare thyself, for now, behold the Tree of Life
hath blossomed forth in the cave from the holy Virgin.
Her womb hath proved a true spiritual Paradise,
wherein the Divine and saving Tree is found,
and as we eat thereof we shall all live,
and not die as did Adam.
For Christ is born now
to raise the image that had fallen aforetime.

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