Nativity Encyclical of His Holiness Patriarch Irenej of Serbia

The Serbian Orthodox Church to her spiritual children at Christmas

    

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By the Grace of God Orthodox Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch, with all the Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church to all the clergy, monastics, and all the sons and daughters of our Holy Church: grace, mercy and peace from God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, with the joyous Christmas greeting:

Peace from God! Christ is Born!

I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.
For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord
(St. Luke 2:10-11)

With these words, dear brothers and sisters, our dear spiritual children, the angel of the Lord appears to shepherds in Bethlehem and delivers to them the great joy that Christ the Lord and Savior is born. Despite the great fear they felt because of the angel’s appearance among them, they were illuminated by the glory of the Lord. The angel also announces this same great joy of the all-joyous Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ to us who are gathered in the holy churches, in our homes, in the hospitals and other establishments, those who are on the roads and work places. Knowing this, instead of fear and wonder, let us rejoice and be glad, together with all the heavenly powers, and let us submit ourselves to the glory of the Lord! May it fill and completely overtake us all as once it did the shepherds in Bethlehem of Judea!

1/7/2014

See also
Nativity Epistle of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, 2013/2014 Nativity Epistle of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, 2013/2014
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill
Nativity Epistle of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, 2013/2014 Nativity Epistle of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, 2013/2014
And today we celebrate an event which at its root has changed the entire course of human history. God enters the very depths of human life, he becomes one of us, he takes upon himself the weight of our sins, human infirmities and weaknesses – he brings them to Golgotha in order to free people from this unbearable burden. God henceforth is no longer to be found somewhere in the unattainable heavens, but is here, with us, among us.
Christmas Message of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia published in twenty languages Christmas Message of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia published in twenty languages
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill
Christmas Message of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia published in twenty languages Christmas Message of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia published in twenty languages
Christmas message published in the official languages of a number of countries included in the canonical space of the Moscow Patriarchate, and some others.
Nativity Epistle of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Nativity Epistle of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Metrpoloitan Hilarion (Kapral)
Nativity Epistle of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Nativity Epistle of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral)
With the simplicity of the shepherds, let us go to the cave in Bethlehem to worship the living God Who became a living Man. In other words, let us go to church bringing the Infant Christ the gift of warm tears of compunction, a heart enlivened with delight and boundless devotion; and to our neighbors and the needy – benefaction and love.
Nativity Greetings from Patriarch John X Nativity Greetings from Patriarch John X Nativity Greetings from Patriarch John X Nativity Greetings from Patriarch John X
In these days, the peace of all creation, Jesus, comes to us. He is our peace and the medicine for the wounds of this east. He comes to us so that we might bury in his birth the sadness of the current year and open with His hope the next year. He comes to us with His peace. And His peace is a guarantee for the peace of our countries, the Church and humankind.
Archpastoral Nativity Message of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon Archpastoral Nativity Message of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon
Metropolitan Tikhon (Mollard)
Archpastoral Nativity Message of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon Archpastoral Nativity Message of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon
Metropolitan Tikhon (Mollard)
When we decide to turn to Christ and invite Him into our hearts, we commit to a life of action, a life in which we not only hear, but act upon the commandments of Christ and the teaching of the Holy Fathers of the Church.
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