#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
“Now when the chimes of our churches herald the Birth of the Child, I join them and wish you all to spend the Holidays in peace, health and joy, together with your dear ones. O Lord, shed a loving and caressing tear over those in hospitals and prisons!
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”.
“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
“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
“Let us share with our peers the Holy joy of the Nativity of the Lord by singing carols and paying visits. Let us spend decently the feast of His supernatural Incarnation together with our dear ones, professing the pure, right and steadfast faith in our Saviour Jesus Christ!” #MetropolitanPetru #Nativity #advent