#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”.
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
“We are close to those bright moments when Christ our Lord descends into the world so that humans become kinder. We hope that following His example our young people will make a better, juster, more righteous and holier world”. #MetropolitanAndrei
“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