December 14, 2010

The Promise to Abraham Fulfilled in Christ

Therefore Abraham also, knowing the Father through the Word, who made heaven and earth, confessed Him to be God; and having learned, by an announcement [made to him], that the Son of God would be a man among men, by whose advent his seed should be as the stars of heaven, he desired to see that day, so that he might himself also embrace Christ; and, seeing it through the spirit of prophecy, he rejoiced – …

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January 7, 2010

Festal Letter for the Glorious Feast of the Nativity 2010

My Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Holy Church, It is my pleasure to wish all of you a blessed Feast of the Nativity, celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Today, let us rejoice in His glorious birth, and with St. Gregory the Theologian let us say with a joyful voice, "Christ is born, let us glorify Him. Christ came from heaven let us go out to meet Him." With the – …

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November 17, 2009

Our Response to God's Love

The Church recently celebrated the 29th day of the Coptic month of Paopi. The 29th day of certain months in the Coptic calendar is very special, because the Church, in Her wisdom, commemorates the Feasts of the Annunciation, Nativity, and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ on these days. We have this commemoration on the 29th of every Coptic month with the exception of two months, Tuba and Meshir. When we think about these three – …

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April 9, 2009

Questions and Answers About the Nativity

In the Name of the Fr., the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God, Amen. In this booklet we present to you some answers which are related to certain questions about the Nativity, of which there are: The sequence of the genealogy, and the mention of some sinful women in it; the difference between the two gospels of Matthew and Luke in regards to the names and the ascending and descending order in that sequence. – …

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April 9, 2009

Oration 38: On the Manifestation of God in the Birth of the Christ

I. Let Us Celebrate Christmas. Christ is born, glorify Him! Christ from heaven, go out to meet Him! Christ on earth, be exalted! Sing to the Lord all the whole earth (Ps. 96:1,11), and that I may join both in one word, let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad, for Him who is of heaven and then of earth. Christ in the flesh, rejoice with trembling and with joy; with trembling because – …

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April 9, 2009

Treasures of the Fathers on the Holy Nativity

+ Today the Lord is born, the life and salvation of mankind; today a reconciliation is made of Divinity to humanity, and of humanity to Divinity; today all creation has leapt for joy; those above sent toward those below; and those below towards those above; today occurred the death of darkness and the life of humanity; today a way was made toward God for man and a way for God into the soul. – Saint – …

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April 9, 2009

“HE TOOK WHAT IS OURS AND GAVE US WHAT IS HIS”

He took what was ours to be His very own so that we might have all that was His. “He was rich but he became poor for our sake, so that we might be enriched by His poverty.” (2 Cor. 8:9). When they say that the Logos of God did not become flesh, or rather did not undergo birth from a woman according to the flesh, they bankrupt the economy of salvation. For if He – …

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April 9, 2009

The Star

This star was not a common one–it was not even a star at all, as it seems at least to me. But some invisible power transformed into this appearance, is in the first place evident from its very course. For no star moves like this. For, we see the sun, moon, and all the other stars travel from east to west; but this was drifted from north to south–for so is Palestine situated with respect – …

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April 9, 2009

Festal Letter for the Glorious Feast of the Nativity 1999

Our Good Shepherd My Beloved, the Children of the Christ-Loving Diocese of Los Angeles, It is my pleasure to congratulate you on the Feast of the Nativity wishing you all a holy and blessed life, which befits the name of Emmanuel, Christ our Lord, Who loved us and, without sin, was incarnate and came to our world. We are happy today and our hearts are joyful with the birth of Christ, “The Good Shepherd”. In – …

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April 9, 2009

Questions About the Nativity

In celebrating the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord, we encounter many questions, like Why do we celebrate on the 7th of January instead of the 25th of December? What is the difference between the Wise Men (or Magi) and the shepherds? How do we explain the differences in teh geneologies and nativity accounts in the gospels according to St. Mark and St. Luke? Was St. Mary from the tribe of Judah or the – …

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January 7, 2009

Festal Letter for the Glorious Feast of the Nativity 2009

My Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Holy Church, It is my pleasure to wish all of you a blessed and joyous Feast of the Nativity. We rejoice on this blessed feast day, because of Immanuel our God. Let us reflect together on this joyous prophecy said by Isaiah the Prophet, “See, the virgin will conceive and bear a son, and you will call his name Immanuel. He will eat curds and honey. Before knowing – …

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December 4, 2008

Calculations of the Date of the Glorious Feast of Nativity

The Early Church did not celebrate the birth of Christ.  And the actual date of his birth was and still is unknown. The earliest known indication to such a celebration comes in a passing statement by St. Clement of Alexandria who mentions that the Egyptians of his time celebrated the Lord’s birth on May 20. At the end of the 3rd century, the Western Churches celebrated it in the winter, and this was only accepted – …

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