For the past forty days we are called by our Church to prepare for Christ's Nativity. On the Sunday before Christmas, the Genealogy of Christ from the first chapter of St. Matthew is read as one of many preparations for us before Christ's Holy Birth. Below are excerpts from the commentary of St. John Chrysostom on this section of the Holy Gospel.
“The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham.”
(The hymns above were taken from: http://goarch.org/chapel/saints_view?contentid=345)