The Nativity Epistle of The Most Reverend Agafangel, Bishop of Taurida and
Most Honorable Bishops and Clergy, dear brothers and sisters!
We all know that the Nativity of Christ divided time into two periods: that which occurred before this event, and that which occurs afterwards. So too does the Nativity of Christ, celebrated in the yearly cycle of services, seem to subtract the year just past from all time, apportioning it to that which has already transpired, while remaining a part of the living Prophesy of the Church.
the year past, we became yet fewer in number.
Whether what has transpired will benefit the
We are told that for the sake of the unity of the Church, such a step had to be taken. But what step should have been taken for the sake of unity with Christ? Were we not with Him? Will we now hear the voice of Truth from a place from whence it was not heard before? Time will tell, but God will decide.
Let us remember that the Kingdom shall be
inherited not by those of whom there are more in number, but by those who
remain steadfast in Truth. May our
longing for Truth remain with us and strengthen us for all the days of our
lives. We are free with Christ and only
He brought this freedom into the world. No
one may obtain it from the rulers of this world, or those who are wealthy with
material riches. Freedom is not bartered
for through concessions and compromises.
It is bequeathed by our Savior, who freed us from the slavery of sin and
death. It is obtained easily, but just
as easily lost forever. Our lot in life,
I congratulate with the Nativity of Christ all Christians who received the gifts brought to us by the Savior and who carefully safeguard them in their souls!
Bishop of Taurida