Freitag, 8. Januar 2016

Christmas Letter of His Beatitude Sviatoslav

To the Most Reverend Archbishops and Metropolitans, God-loving bishops, honourable clergy, reverend religious, and beloved brothers and sisters in Ukraine and throughout the world. Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased! (Luke 2:14)


Christ is born!                   Let us glorify Him!
The evangelist Luke proclaims the words spoken by the angel who appeared to the shepherds: “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” (Luke 2: 10-11)
The joy of the Nativity of Christ, the good news of the birth in human flesh of the Son of God Himself, is like a powerful beam of eternal sunlight that descends today from heaven to earth.
Christ is born! These are the words with which the heavenly powers gladdened the hearts of the shepherds who stood watch over their sheep. Christ is born!  These tidings transformed night into day, sadness into consolation, waiting into the fulfilment of hopeChrist is bornThis joy, which comes down from Heaven, inspires a person to act: to seek the Eternal God in a new-born babe, to serve Him as a neighbour, and to share this joy with others.
Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased.
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