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Christmas Greetings from Metropolitan JOSEPH

Nativity 2017

Today doth Bethlehem receive Him Who sitteth with the Father forever. Today the angels glorify, as worthy of God, the babe that is born, shouting: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth be peace, and goodwill among men.

Beloved in Christ,

With great joy I greet you at the dawn of this bright and glorious feast of the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, making the cave a heaven and the manger a noble place!

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A Christmas Message from Bishop ANTHONY

Dear beloved Clergy and Faithful of our Midwest Diocese,

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Home, family, friends, decorations that adorn both hearth and hearts, the texture, feel and color of love that, somehow, is renewed in us this time of year, is our greatest blessing.  Christmas is composed of the rhythm, rhymes, and hymns that carry more of a presence than a present.

Jesus Christ comes into the world prepared for Him through the prayers of many generations of faithful people.  His birth in a wilderness cave begins our rebirth in the wilderness of a world that has failed to find happiness, peace on earth, and goodwill toward men and women.

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Nativity Meditation

​Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

The dark cave of dumb beasts in Bethlehem becomes heaven and is filled with the unwaning, uncreated light of Divinity. Christ is born that our dark souls may be filled with light.

“As thou didst deign to lie in a cave and in a manger of irrational beasts, so also deign to lie in the manger of my irrational soul and to enter my defiled body.”—Pre-communion Prayers

Christ was born first in Bethlehem, that He might be born second in our soul.

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Nativity Meditation

​Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. —Galatians 4:4-5

Overcome by pity, God was well pleased to lift man up by lowering Himself to divinize His creation. He chose the pure Virgin Mary as the mediatrix of that mystery in which He assumed from her the nature of mankind.

O Virgin Mother of God, through you we have been reconciled to God, you are the cause of the renewal for the whole human race

Christmas means God comes to us in Person. He comes Himself.

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Nativity Meditation

​Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Christmas means that the “the Word, the Eternal God, was made flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14.  God did that for us in order to communicate His love to us.

Christmas means that Emmanuel has come; God is not an impersonal machine.  He is a Person, “Emmanuel-God with us.” “you shall call His name Jesus.”  God is a person who wants to establish a personal relationship with you.  He is a person to whom you can pray;  a Person who for cares for you: a Person Who has reserved a place for you in heaven.

Christmas means that God has visited His people.  He came not just to visit but to stay.  “Lo, I am with you always even to the end of the world.”  He came at Bethlehem.  He comes now.  He will come again at the end time to judge the living and the dead.

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