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Icon of the Mother of God with the Christ Child
Icon of the Mother of God with the Christ Child

The Joy of the Feast of our Savior's Holy Nativity
by Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
Boise, Idaho, USA
December 2005

All of us are piously preparing to celebrate our Lord's Holy Nativity with joy! The times of expectations and hopes are over, the blessed and joyous feast of our Savior's Holy Nativity has come round, and the light of Heaven has begun to shine in our lives - it is for our sakes and our eternal salvation that the Lord God has appeared on earth.

The prophecies and visions of the Old Testament have been fulfilled - the Source of Life, the Life-Giver, our Lord Jesus Christ has become incarnate by the Holy Spirit: "And being found in fashion as man He humbled Himself" (Phil. 2:7), to restore the state of divine son ship that man had forfeited to enlighten people with the life of the salutary Gospel teaching of love and neighbor, of peace and brotherhood in all the world, and in order to makes us participants of the highest divine life - heirs of the Kingdom of Heaven.

The Orthodox heart is filled with great spiritual joy, the Holy Church is triumphant and, together with Her - the whole world, visible and invisible for a Savior is born. Which is Christ the Lord (St. Luke 2:11): "All the angels in Heaven are of good cheer and men greatly rejoice today; the whole creation leaps with joy for the Savior and the Lord is born in Bethlehem..."

All of us spiritually know the Holy Gospel accounts of our Lord's Holy Nativity, and we should reflect upon this reading at the services that our Church offers during the evening and morning of His Holy Nativity. Let us all go to Church to Glorify Him, and to pray, and behold the joy of Him who loves us all! Seek this year as most importantly as well as desire the spiritual joy of our Lord God!

Let us all spiritually be comforted in knowing deep within our Christian heart to seek support once again the pages of the Holy Gospel that bear to the greatness of this miraculous event, to glorify with great spiritual joy Christ our Savior, and with deep spiritual love in prayer let us all chant and sing:

"Glory to God who has sent down us all peace, love, joy, and good will."

A blessed spiritually rewarding feast to you and your beloved family!

Christ Is Born! Glorify Him!

Humbly In Christ Our Lord,

Who prays for you!

+Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
Who prays for you and with you!