Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Feast of the Nativity 2016

On this glorious Feast of the Nativity of our Lord, we hear from the Holy Scriptures and the beautiful hymns of our services that sacred story of how Christ was born of the Virgin Mary and as an infant was wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. We contemplate the miraculous and joyous appearance of the angels proclaiming to the shepherds the good news: For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11). We marvel at the inspiration of the wise men as they traveled from distant lands to offer gifts and reverence to the newborn King.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Nativity (12/25/2015)

On this blessed Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I greet you in the grace, joy and peace that accompany this unique event. We celebrate our Lord’s holy Incarnation as a miraculous revelation of God’s grace, and through faith we see the path to redemption, restoration, and life without end. Our hearts are filled with joy, for our hope is renewed in the fulfillment of His divine promise to save us and be with us. We also experience the peace of God, which passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7), as our hearts and minds are filled with the transforming presence of Christ.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Nativity (12/25/2014)

The Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ is a revelation of truth. Today, the brilliance of divine wisdom, the glory of the Lord, and the hope of the Gospel of salvation are revealed. The ancient promise made to Adam and Eve, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and to so many others is fulfilled.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ (12/25/2013)

It is into the midst of the plight of humanity and these challenges that we carry the message of this Feast: For unto us a Child is born and unto us a Son is given! We share a Gospel of hope and promise. Christ has become man, and this unique gift to us has become the spiritual foundation for our offering to others in need. In gratitude to Him, in our compassion for our fellow human beings, and as a witness of the greatest gift of all, we offer to those who have lost everything, who carry the burden of despair, who suffer under conditions they cannot control or change, who have been victims of the abuse of others. They need to hear and see that God has given Himself to them, that His grace is revealed through Christ so that they might have hope and true life.
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Encyclical for the Nativity of Christ (12/25/2012)

Our celebration of the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is filled with joyful proclamations of the fulfillment of His promises for redemption and new life. “Today the Virgin gives birth to Him who is above all being.” “Today God has come upon the earth, and man gone up to heaven.” “Today He who knows no beginning now begins to be, and the Word is made flesh.”
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord (12/25/2011)

When we hear and contemplate the beautiful story of our Lord’s Nativity, our hearts are filled with tremendous joy. In this marvelous event of God becoming man, He revealed His great love for us and the divine plan to restore our communion with Him. Through His Incarnation, Christ offered Himself for our total renewal and completed this gift of grace in the Cross and Resurrection. Through His birth, our Lord entered into our humanity, giving us a deeper understanding of our relationship with our Creator and offering us a greater experience of life and being.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ (12/25/2010)

On this glorious Feast of the Nativity of Christ we celebrate a truly wondrous event in which God, in His infinite and marvelous grace, became man bringing us enduring hope, newness of life, and eternal salvation. The holy birth in Bethlehem of our Savior occurred at a specific time, but His Incarnation and its significance for our redemption are timeless.
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Encyclical on the Nativity of Christ (12/25/2009)

On this holy feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, we gather in joyous celebration of the One who gives us rebirth and new life. We offer praise to God for His abundant grace and for His divine plan for our redemption and salvation.
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Encyclical for the Nativity of Christ (12/25/2008)

On this most joyous day, our Holy Orthodox Church celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ and the fundamentally life-affirming and awesome consequences that flowed from this miraculous event. The birth of Jesus Christ was nothing less than the entry of salvation into our world. It was at that singular defining moment in history, a moment of cosmic significance, that God the Word became a human being in the person of Jesus Christ, and began to dwell among us.
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Encyclical for The Nativity of Christ (12/25/2007)

On this glorious day of the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ we celebrate the truly historical, universal, and eternal event of His Incarnation. It is historical, for at the divinely appointed time He entered our human history by being conceived and formed in the womb of the Virgin Mary, and was born of her in a cave in Bethlehem. It is universal because the Son of God, the divine Logos of Creation, took upon himself human flesh and blood so that He might redeem us and all of the universe from the burden of sin and death. His Incarnation and birth has eternal significance because through His life, we are offered life, not just a mortal and earthly life, but unending life. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). The gift of the Lord and the gift of life are the greatest offerings presented to humankind. God the Father gave his Son, and the Son gave Himself so that we might be restored to the life and communion for which we were created.
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Encyclical for the Nativity of Christ (12/25/2006)

On this very holy day of the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I greet you in the love and peace that was revealed to all of humanity through the Incarnation and sacred birth of the Son of God. Today we commemorate a unique event that has both eternal significance for our salvation and relevance to the needs and challenges of our contemporary world.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Nativity (12/25/2005)

On this glorious celebration of the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord, I greet you with love in the joy of the Good News that was received on that blessed and holy night by the shepherds of Bethlehem. After announcing the birth of the Son of God, the heavenly hosts filled the dark sky with light, rejoicing and proclaiming, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace, good will among men" (Luke 2:14).
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Encyclical for The Nativity of Christ (12/25/2004)

I greet you on the joyous occasion of the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, an event of cosmic proportions that marked the very entry of salvation into our world. The significance of this event rests in the awesome truth that our God, in His perfect love for us, chose to enter our world not as an adult clothed with earthly authority, but as "a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger". It is truly incredible to contemplate such a tender and humble image in view of the incomprehensible might and majesty of God.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Nativity (12/25/2003)

We greet once again the arrival of the Feast of the Nativity of Christ with feelings of indescribable joy and deep awe. The birth of Jesus Christ was an event of universal proportions and ageless relevance. In considering the birth of Jesus, we ponder the infinite love of our Incarnate God the Word, who for us and for our salvation “became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
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Encyclical On The Feast Of The Nativity Of Our Lord And Savior Jesus Christ (12/25/2002)

I greet you on the joyous occasion of the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, a miraculous event which took place two millennia ago, imparting an indelible effect upon our human race and upon all creation. For on that holy and magnificent day in Bethlehem, God in His perfect love for us condescended to take on human flesh; the Virgin Mary gave birth to the Incarnate Logos; and the entry of salvation into our world was revealed in the fullness of time unto all humanity.
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Christmas Message to the faithful (12/25/2000)

We are called to be the Christmas star. We who have basked in the healing rays of the Sun of Righteousness, who have tasted the joy of His Kingdom--we are called to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14), leading those around us to the knowledge of our Incarnate Lord.
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Christmas Encyclical (12/25/1999)

On the bright and joyous Feast of the Nativity according to the flesh of our Lord Jesus Christ, we worship and praise and glorify the God who hears and answers prayer. "In the fullness of time," the Scriptures say (Gal. 4:4), the Creator of the world responded in love to the prayers of all people: the people of ancient Israel longed for a deliverer; the Magi of the East sought a king; the poor of the earth cried out for a benefactor; the ill and infirm prayed for a healer; the entire human race longed for a Saviour-God. And on this night of the Nativity some two thousand years ago, God answered their prayers and their intense longing by giving them His Son, a Son whose name according to the prophecy of Isaiah would be Emmanuel, which means "God with us."
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