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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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!

In the Temple of God the Virgin is seen openly, foretelling to all the coming of Christ…

Christmas means that “people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.”  We walk bravely through the valley of shadows hand in hand with Him who is the light of the world.

Christmas means we do not have to ​be victimized, terrorized by sins of the past.  God’s great Gift to us at Christmas​ is​  a Savior; one Who wipes out the sins of the past.

Christmas means that God cared enough to give the Best.  “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son.”  John 3:16.  ​If God cared enough to give the Best, “will He not give us all things with Him.” Romans 8:32

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