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    2018 Nativity Message of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios

    His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America offers reflections on the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Read More

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    Christ's Family—Our Family

    Christ wasn’t born into a perfect family but, rather, a fallen one—as we all are. His entry into the world was neither cute nor pretty—he was born in a cave filled with smelly animals and, shortly after, his family fled the country because of a jealous, murderous king. So the Christmas story indicates all sorts of imperfection and turmoil. Ultimately, it says that in the midst of our own brands of chaos, we should really be focused on the One born in a manger for our salvation. Read More

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    Gifts in Silence

    It must have been unimaginable for Mary and Joseph, preparing to give birth to the Son of God. There were no baby showers, decorating nurseries or registering for gifts, just a long donkey ride to Bethlehem to register for King Herod’s census. They were alone in that cave in Bethlehem, except for a few simple animals and the far away star to tell of His birth. Sometimes God’s greatest gifts come initially with relative silence and little fanfare. Read More

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    Is There Room in Your Inn?

    In the Mexican culture there is a Christmas-time tradition called Las Posadas. In this tradition, a couple dressed up as Mary and Joseph go from home to home, asking if there is any room at "the inn." Each home takes on the role of an inn in Bethlehem. They are rebuffed each time until they reach the home that has been designated as "the inn;' at which point they are allowed in and a celebration ensues. Read More

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    I Have No Gift to Bring! Wait. There is Exactly ONE Gift I CAN Bring!

    As we run around purchasing, wrapping, and delivering gifts for other people this Christmas, we must ask ourselves seriously and soberly, "What gift am I offering to Him this Christmas?" As we are now in the home stretch heading towards the Feast of the Nativity as we count down now the hours until we are at the manger, we have to con­sider what gift we will bring to Christ at the Nativity. Read More

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    What is the Good News?

    What is the good news? In the Nativity story, the Angels gave the message, "For to you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2: 11 )." What does that mean to us? Read More

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    Preparing for Our Lord's Nativity

    Learn the history and hymns of the feast of our Lord's nativity and how a family can prepare to celebrate the feast. Read More

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    What are the 12 Days of Christmas?

    With the selection of Dec 25 to commemorate the Nativity of Christ, there was a 12-day period from the one major celebration to the next major observance. Thus, we have the '12 days of Christmas' that bridge the birth with the baptism and it became a festal period of time of great joy and celebration. Read More

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    2017 Nativity Message of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios

    His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America offers reflections on the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Read More

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    Patriarchal Proclamation for Christmas 2017

    We welcome the “all-perfect God,” who “brought love into the world,” who becomes “closer to us than we to ourselves.” Through kenosis, the divine Word condescends to the created beings in “a condescension inexplicable and incomprehensible.” He “whom nothing can contain” is contained in the womb of the Virgin; the greatest exists in the least. This great chapter of our faith, of how the transcendent God “became human for humankind,” while remaining an “inexpressible” mystery. “The great mystery of divine Incarnation ever remains a mystery.” Read More

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    2017 Byzantine Christmas Concert in Honor of Archbishop Demetrios

    A Byzantine Christmas Concert Honoring Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America, Celebrating his 50 Years as a Bishop at Merkin Concert Hall, NYC on December 2, 2017. Performers included the Archdiocesan Women's Byzantine Choir of St. Kassiani, the Archdiocesan Youth Choir, and the Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir. Read More

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    Our Journey to Bethlehem

    We are about to take a journey. Whether one is a devout Christian or doesn’t know Christ at all, we are all about to take a journey that will see Christmas decorations go up, lines at the malls get long, and stress levels go up. Such is the modern celebration of Christmas. Read More

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    In the Beginning: Reflections on the Nativity Fast

    Unlike our American culture, which celebrates from now until Christmas, with celebrations ending promptly on December 26, the Orthodox Church celebrates the Nativity throughout the year. Our joyful part of the celebration in this season is supposed to be from December 25 through January 7. November 15 through December 24 is a period of fasting and reflective preparation. The focus is neither shopping nor decorating, but meditating on the awesome miracle of the Son of God taking on flesh and becoming one of us. Read More

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    Christmas - Exploring the Feasts of the Orthodox Christian Church

    In this video, we explore the significance of Christ’s birth, as God becomes flesh. We also explore the various traditions through which the Orthodox Church continues to celebrate the great event. Read More

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    The Icon of the Nativity: Images Foretold by the Prophets

    These resources explain the theology and symbolism depicted in icon of the Nativity of Christ. Read More

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    Patriarchal Encyclical for Christmas 2016

    The holy Church is celebrating with fullness of joy, for Christ “assumed flesh” through His incarnation and rendered the Church “an adornment for the world.” Indeed, the entire human race, and even “all of creation,” rejoices over this divine blessing. “All of creation is today filled with joy because Christ is born of a Virgin.” Read More

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    2016 Nativity Message of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios

    His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America offers reflections on the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in December 2016. Read More

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    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. Read More

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    Feast of the Holy Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen

    Learn about the life and feast day of the Holy Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen who is commemorated annually on December 27th. Read More

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    Patriarchal Christmas Proclamation 2015

    The sweetness of the holy night of Christmas once again embraces the world. In the midst of human toil and suffering, crisis and challenge, greed and hatred, anxiety and despair, the mystery of the divine incarnation presents the same charm as a truly tangible and ever contemporary reality, urging "the inhabitants of the world to learn righteousness" (cf. Is. 26:9), for "today our Savior is born" (Luke 2:11). Read More

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