Reflections on the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord by Metropolitan ALEXIOS

My Beloved Ones

As we continue through the period of Triodion, today gives us an opportunity to look behind us, to Christmas, and ahead, to Holy Week, as we consider the virtue of patience.

Today, February 2nd, 40 days after Christmas, marks The Presentation of Our Lord and Savior in the Temple. Mary and Joseph, being devout, remembered the command that the first-born son was to be taken to the Temple 40 days after birth, and dedicated to God. The parents were expected to make a sacrifice. If they were wealthy, they were to offer a lamb, a pigeon or a young turtledove. However, as His guardian and Mother, Joseph and Mary, were poor, they offered the option of two turtledoves.

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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 gates of Eden are opened to the nations, when the Redeemer is born in a cave.

O Virgin, you are truly a pure golden censer, the dwelling of the Trinity whom no space can contain.  For in you the Son came to dwell.

God’s coming to us at Christmas is in itself an unfathomable mystery, but it is a mystery that makes sense of everything else written in Scripture.

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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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