by HE Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim
"For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6)
Dearly Beloved in Christ,
Each year at this blessed time, the Holy Church relives the Nativity of our Lord, the true Prince of Peace. As on that first Christmas morning, the joyous message of the heavenly hosts is again proclaimed to all mankind: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and good hope for men." (St. Luke 2:14) Like the shepherds, we are also told of the glad tidings of great joy that "this day is born to you in the city of David, a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord." (St. Luke 2:11) Today, the infinite God has been born in the flesh, taking upon Himself our very humanity and becoming one with us.
Our prayer for you this Christmas is that the precious blessing of our Lord's coming be with you and your dear ones both now and always. May we all be truly better Christians in the New Year ahead, seeing Christ in all our brothers and sisters. We pray that God may richly bless and keep you in His loving care and that this Christmas season may truly be a time of real peace and joy for you all.
Yours in Christ,
Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim
Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese for the Eastern United States
Christmas - A Unique
Festival of Message of Hope and Light
Every festival brings in its festive train a central message, and that exactly is the content and significance of the feast. Christmas brings the evergreen message of the arrival of the Son of God as one among us, to be with us for ever.
The Jesus of Christmas: Who was
the baby in the manger?
So who was the baby in the manger? The answer to that question is the most important one in all history. For if Jesus was not who he claimed to be, his promise of eternal peace is empty. But if Jesus was who he claimed to be, then our lives can have no meaning without him.
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