Greetings on the Great Feast of Our Lord’s Nativity!
Christ is born! Glorify Him!
Some two thousand years ago, the world experienced the greatest event in its history – “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
As we know, this miraculous, yet historic, event divided world history into BC and AD, and salvation history into the Old and New Testaments, as God through His Son established a new relationship with His people. Yet for us Orthodox Christians, the Incarnation of Christ is an event experienced on the most personal of levels. It is an event which divides our lives into two periods – the time before and after we began to know the Lord, experiencing within ourselves His glory, full of grace and truth.
May this year’s celebration of our Lord’s Nativity be not only a reminder of our God’s entrance into our world, and not only a remembrance of the New and Saving Covenant He has established with us, but also a renewal of His entrance into our hearts and minds, into our relationships with each other, and into all aspects of our lives; for in this way we will truly experience the grace and joy brought by the Savior of the world.
In this holy season, I ask your continued prayers for our Mission, and I assure you of God’s enduring blessings upon you all, your families, friends, loved ones, and His entire world.
With love in Christ,
Christ the Savior Orthodox Church
10315 Carey Road
Berlin, MD 21811