Τετάρτη, 23 Νοεμβρίου 2016

The Holy Nativity Fast

Our Holy Church has commenced the Nativity (Christmas) Fast
Your nativity, O Christ our God, has caused the light of knowledge to rise upon the world. For therein the worshippers of the stars were by a star instructed to worship You, the Sun of Righteousness, and to know You as Orient from on high. Glory to You, O Lord.
The Salvation of the World in Christ: Our redemption by Jesus Christ began with His Incarnation. In assuming human nature, Christ deified it. By uniting the separated natures – Divine and human – in one Person, He overcame the barrier of nature that separated man from God. This was in order for Christ’s true followers to be deified: not by nature and Sonship, as Christ was, but by Grace and adoption. But with Christ’s Incarnation, other barriers between man and God still remained. Learn More

The Incarnation of the Logos: When the time was ripe, God sent His Son to become man “through the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary.” When was the time ripe? When man had suffered enough through his disobedience and the Fall; when man himself sought salvation; when the ancient wise men had prepared humanity for the Heavenly Redeemer; when the Old Testament had educated man to accept Christ.Learn More

Homily on the Birth of the Lord, the Son of God: The only-begotten Son of God, brethren, begotten in eternity of the Father without a mother, was born in time of a mother without a father. That first begetting is an unfathomable mystery of the Holy Trinity in eternity, and the second is the unfathomable mystery of God’s power and love for mankind in time. The greatest mystery in time corresponds to the greatest mystery in eternity. Learn More

Let us, who mystically represent the Cherubim and who sing the thrice-holy hymn to the life-creating Trinity, now lay aside every worldly care. So that we may receive the King of all.


"I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive'" (Acts 20:35).

Support the Missions Department of our Holy Metropolis

For the last 17 years, the Mission Board has been administering "Little Angels"program. This program exists to help children in developing countries meet their daily needs and to provide them with hope for a better tomorrow. We cooperate with Orthodox Churches around the world to provide support for children’s health and nutrition needs (by providing food staples and enrolling them in health insurance programs), educational needs (by paying tuition fees, buying school supplies and providing transportation), and spiritual and social development (by offering Sunday School programs and English classes).

Our Mission Board is currently cooperating with the Archdiocese of Kinshasa (Congo) to help run the Holy Archangels School in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

We also look forward to resuming our partnership with the Metropolis of Hong Kong and South East Asia and beginning a new partnership with the Orthodox Church of Korea. The Little Angels Program is volunteer-run which allows us to commit 100% of your gift to the children you are assisting. Please consider joining our Missionary effort, and for only $30 a month (which amounts to only a dollar a day), you can help us make a difference.

Bethlehem has opened Eden. Come, let us see. We have found the hidden delight. Come, let us receive the things of Paradise inside the Cave.

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