Nativity Epistle of the Most Reverend Andronik,
to the God-fearing flock of the North American
and Canadian District
of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad.
“Thy Nativity, O Christ our God,
Has shone upon the world with the light of knowledge”
Most Honorable Fathers, Brothers and Sisters, Christ is Born! Glorify!
I congratulate all of you with all my heart with the grand and glorious feast day of the Nativity of our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ!
Throughout all time, the Nativity of Christ was and is a feast day commemorating the fulfillment of the promised coming to earth of the Only-begotten Son of God, the Eternal Word, by whom all that is visible and invisible is created and imbued. He came down, taking on our temporal existence and partaking of all as we do except for sin: “…Christ is born and the fallen is transformed in his image.” This truth was given to us by the legions of angels, who heralded God with song: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” (Luke 2:13-14)
Eternal God becomes a child, the Unencompassable lies in a manger, swaddling cloth binds Him who created heaven and earth, a blanket protects the Protector of heaven and earth in all His majesty. It occurs in a manger, as “there was no room at the inn.”
incarnation of the Son of God is an essential belief given to us by our
heavenly Father for all those who believe in Him. He who holds fast to it for all his time
while sailing on the sea of life will not drown in the sinful deep. Instead, he will reach the quiet harbor in
heaven. He who disregards this belief of
salvation will fall away from the
sons and daughters of the
Remember, my loved ones, that when “…you return to Me and keep My commandments and do them, though those of you who have been scattered were in the most remote part of the heavens, I will gather them from there and will bring them to the place where I have chosen to cause My name to dwell.” (Nehemiah 1:9)
The Nativity of Christ grants us all a treasure, which has no equal. Christianity is an invaluable gift for mankind – it gives meaning to life. By knowing the Truth, mankind is set free, and it leads him, like a mother who loves her child, to Eternity.
To know who is the Path and Truth and Life (John 14:4) must be the fundamental basis of our spiritual life, of our personal confession of faith before God and mankind. In our confession of faith, it is important to learn how to share with love and humility the joy of Christianity with those who have not yet partaken of goodness and that which is eternal, who have not discerned the light of the Star of Bethlehem which shows us the way out of the darkness of sin, and who seek life-affirming meaning for their lives.
All joys are manifest on this day; the newborn infant, eternal God, is born for our sake!
I congratulate you all with the feast day of the Nativity of Christ!
Nativity of Christ, 2007-2008,