The Virgin Nativity Cathedral
Section of Central Lengthwise Nave. North View

“On hearing the Angels praising...” (Akathist. Eikos 4)

Dionisy's frescoes. “On hearing the Angels praising...” (Akathist. Eikos 4)

Nativity of Jesus. Christmas. The Roman emperor Octavian Augustus ordered to conduct a population census for the purposes of which everyone had to go to the town his family came from. Pregnant Mary with Joseph who she was betrothed to, proceeded to Bethlehem, the city of David, but had to stay in a cave as there was no place for them in the inn. While they were there she gave birth to Jesus. Shepherds who were near the cave heard angels announcing the birth of Jesus and hurried to the cave to worship the son of God. Christmas is celebrated on 25 December (7 January).