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January 2, 2013

Festal Letter for the Feast of the Nativity 2013

My Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Holy Church, It is my pleasure to wish you a Blessed Feast of the Nativity, in which we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Who was incarnate for our salvation. The Birth of Christ is a new beginning for all mankind. Through His Birth, our Lord Jesus Christ has shined on humanity, similar to when light dawns and shines in the pitch-darkness. St. John – …

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January 7, 2012

Festal Letter for the Feast of the Nativity 2012

My Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Holy Church, It is my pleasure to wish you a Blessed Feast of the Nativity of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ and a joyous New Year. This past year was deeply tinted with the blood of our martyrs in Alexandria, Al-Muquattam, and Maspero. We lived through the harsh events in Egypt and America.  In Egypt, the Church offered tens of pure martyrs and hundreds of confessors as victims of the religious – …

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January 7, 2011

Festal Letter for the Feast of the Nativity 2011

My Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Holy Church, I start my message with the same words that St. Gregory the Theologian started his sermon for the Feast of the Nativity in 380 A.D., “Christ is born, glorify Him. Christ from heaven, go out to meet Him. Christ on earth, exalt Him.” Our celebration this year comes amidst hardships.  The groaning of the injured and those imprisoned, along with the tears of their families and – …

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January 6, 2011

Papal Letter for the Feast of the Nativity 2011

My beloved children in the lands of immigration, both clergy and laity. Peace to you and grace. My congratulations for the Feast of Nativity of our Lord, to Whom is Glory. Be all well, shepherded by God who keeps you. May we hear all good about you. May you have contemplations in the Glorious Nativity and its happenings. As for us, I want you not to worry about us – we are well…… The painful – …

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January 5, 2011

Nativity Discourse

We behold now a great and wondrous mystery. Shepherds with cries of joy come forth as messengers to the sons of mankind, not on their hilly pastures with their flocks conversing and not in the field with their sheep frolicking, but rather in the city of David Bethlehem spiritual songs exclaiming. In the highest sing Angels, proclaiming hymns Archangelic; the heavenly Cherubim and Seraphim sing out praises to the glory of God: “Holy, Holy, Holy…” – …

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