Sunday, December 19, 2010

Nativity Encyclical of Bishop LONGIN

“Christ is born, glorify Him. Christ from heaven, go out to meet Him. Christ on earth; be ye exalted. Sing unto the Lord all the whole earth…” (St. Gregory of Nyssa)

With these words, dear brothers and sisters, St. Gregory of Nyssa, one of the great fathers of the Church, begins his thoughts about this great day, a day of joy for all – a day of God’s mercy, which is so clearly seen in the Divine decision for the Second Person of the Holy Trinity to be incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, becoming Man for our sake and our salvation.

For this reason We, your spiritual leader and prayerful intercessor before the Triune God, call upon all of you to glorify God in this day of general celebration, to readily come out to meet the Newborn One, and in His presence, be upright and made glad with heavenly joy.

Those souls that try to be on the path of the Lord stand upright before Him. Our wish is that all dedicatedly pray in the sanctified day, that we forgive and ask forgiveness, that we help those who need our help, that we are worthy followers of the Newborn God-Child Christ in all things, that by this and lead by all the Saints of the Serbian Nation, our names will be written in the heavenly book of “the One Who is” and has “power on His shoulders.”

Peace of God! Christ is Born! Happy and blessed New Year 2011!

Bishop of New Gracanica and Midwestern America

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