Christmas Cards Celebrate the Nativity of Christ our Lord!

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The Nativity of Christ Our Lord pack of 16 cards

Christmas Cards Celebrate the Nativity of Christ our Lord!

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The Nativity of Christ Our Lord

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Inside greeting: Greetings on this joyous feast of the birth of our Savior!

Explanation on back of card: The Symbolism of the Nativity Icon The icon of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is rich with meaning and symbolism. Starting at the top of the icon and proceeding clockwise, the icon tells us the following story:
Casting down light from above we find a star, the light of wisdom. As the Orthodox Nativity hymn states: “Those who worshipped the stars were taught by a star to adore Thee, the Sun of Righteousness, and to know Thee, the Orient on high.” The heavens themselves help to proclaim the majesty of Christ’s birth.
In the upper right corner of the icon, we see the Magi bringing their gifts from afar, showing that Christ’s salvation touched the whole world, not just one nation or race.
The woman on the right side of the icon is a midwife. Her presence reminds us that the birth of the Christ-child was a real birth, and the body He assumed was a real, human body, requiring customary care and nurture.
At the bottom right of the icon we find the Righteous Joseph, who served as protector and guardian to Mary and Jesus. The old man speaking to him represents the devil, whispering to Joseph doubts concerning Christ’s conception and birth.
At the bottom left, young shepherds, playing their flutes, show their joy and amazement at hearing the Good News.
The two animals immediately to the left of Christ represent the fulfillment of an Old Testament prophecy: “The ox knows his owner, and the donkey his master’s crib” (Isaiah 1:3). They are very near the Christ child, providing Him warmth from their breath.

The angels at the top left of the icon are glorifying God and announcing the Good News to the shepherds.
And of course, in the center of the icon, we find the Virgin Mary resting in a cave, next to Jesus as a baby in a manger wrapped in swaddling clothes. His manger is like a casket and His swaddling clothes are very much like grave clothes, showing that He was born to die for our salvation!

Artist / Icongrapher
Tatiana Romanova-Grant

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