Archpastoral Letter for the Nativity 2009


Prot. N. 195

Very Reverend Protopresbyters, Very Reverend and Reverend Fathers, and dearly-beloved faithful of our God-saved Diocese:

CHRIST IS BORN! GLORIFY HIM!
CHRISTOS RAZDAJETSJA! SLAVITE JEHO!

"The wolf shall feed with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf, the bull, and the lion shall feed together; and a little child shall lead them.” Isaiah 11:6

Once again I have the great privilege and honor of greeting you with this traditional salutation of our people as we celebrate this mystical festivity of the Birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

The entire eleventh chapter of the Old Testament Book of Isaiah is a prophecy concerning the advent of the promised Messiah, and it is certainly worth noting the manner in which He would enter into the world. So often in the hymnography of our Holy Faith, not only at this festive season but throughout the liturgical year, we hear words like these: “… and having been made flesh, He Who by nature is God, FOR OUR SAKES BECAME ALSO BY NATURE MAN…” (Dogmaticon of Tone 6) and “O