Father John’s Nativity Pastoral Letter

Christ is born!

Glorify Him!

Хрнстос Рожднлся! Славете!

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. Luke 2:8-12

 

My dear children in Christ, sisters and brothers of St. Kliment parish,

I GREET YOU ALL IN THE JOY OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR CHRIST’S BIRTH IN THE FLESH. He is coming to dwell with us, Son of Man born in a humble cave of the earth, the Lord of Heaven and King of the ages, in the guise of a humble servant, despised by the world. We gather in his Church to receive Him, to welcome the Christ-Child born to die on the Cross for our sake, that we might not utterly perish but be received by Him into the paradise prepared for us in the Father’s infinite undying love for us, his children.

Does this salvation in Christ sound too wonderful to be true? Dare we not hope for the inheritance that God has promised us from Abraham? Shall we not indeed dwell in the Presence and Grace of our God who has called us to be with Him forever? My children in Christ: this is the sole reason for the Church’s existence, to announce the Good News of Christ’s victory over death and sin, that nothing may keep us apart from Him who created us out of his pure love.

Today at his Birth a helpless babe, Jesus Christ begins his campaign of conquest toward his victory at Golgotha where He dies that we may live. We Christians do not merely ponder these mysteries of Salvation in a passive way. Rather we gather in energetic piety and joyful expectation in the temple we dedicated to his Glory, exclaiming our hope of salvation shouting, “Hosanna in the Highest! Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord!” and “God is with us!” We respond to God’s love in our acts of worship, in kindness and openness toward each other.

I know many of you are unable to attend services at St. Kliment’s frequently. But call on me as your pastor in Christ in your time of spiritual need and I will come to you bearing Christ. And do not neglect your offering to our Orthodox Church and the support of this pastor and his family. Christ is born! Glorify Him!

– Fr. John

 

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