Let us celebrate, the Forefeast of Christ's Nativity!

O people, let us celebrate the Forefeast of Christ's Nativity! 
Let us raise our minds on high, as we go up to Bethlehem in spirit!
With spiritual thoughts, let us contemplate the Virgin as she hastens to the cave to give birth to the Lord and God of all!
Joseph, as he contemplated the greatness of the wonders, thought that he saw only a human Child wrapped in swaddling clothes, but from all that came to pass he discovered the Child to be the true God Who grants the world great mercy.

Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ Vespers Sticheron, Tone 1