#PatriarchDaniel explains Christmas symbols: “The gifts of the Magi show that the entire universe is a gift of God, and that we have to respond to God’s gift by offering gifts in our turn. Gold meant the royal quality of the Infant, being the Eternal King. Incense showed Him as High or Eternal Priest, serving God in Heaven and on Earth. Smyrna indicated that when Infant Jesus would grow up and become an adult, He would pass through death, but would conquer death through His Resurrection”.
"Any virtue is connected with another in a series of special links. Prayer is related to love; love is connected with joy; joy with docility; docility with humility; humility with service; service with hope; hope with faith; faith with obedience; and obedience with simplicity" #SaintMacariusTheGreat
explains Christmas symbols: “Carols represent the liveliest expressions of the tradition of the Romanian people, through which the mystery of God's love for humans manifested in is presented poetically”.
“Nativity is the blessed feast of gifts, for God offered us the greatest gift possible: His very Son. He offered us, in the most intense and intimate way, His love, urging us to be, in our turn, lovers and love-givers”. #MetropolitanNifon
Metropolitan Nicolae of America: Orthodox Christians proclaim the joy of the Nativity of the Lord through carols. A carol says that though we are fasting during Advent, we decorate our houses. We do this for God Himself, Who descends into every home and brings blessing. We are hosts, and God is the heavenly guest who dwells among us. He brings peace and joy from beyond.
“The divinely gracious atmosphere of the Nativity of the Lord urges us to feel more relieved from the problems and difficulties of our life. Not only during Christmas or Easter do we feel consoled and strengthened, but on every Sunday, when we go to church and participate faithfully and devoutly in the Divine Liturgy”. #MetropolitanSeraphim
For Christ is born in the world so that the tree of life, which once became death for us, may sprout the true Tree of Life, the Holy Cross. In its turn, this will grow for us the fruit of life, the sacrifice of love beginning from the manger in Bethlehem and unto the receiving upon it the Bridegroom, our Saviour Jesus Christ! #MetropolitanIosif