BEHOLD a new and wondrous mystery.
My ears resound to the Shepherd’s song, piping no soft melody, but chanting full forth a heavenly hymn. The Angels sing. The Archangels blend their voice in harmony. The Cherubim hymn their joyful praise. The Seraphim exalt His glory. All join to praise this holy feast, beholding the Godhead here on earth, and man in heaven. He Who is above, now for our redemption dwells here below; and he that was lowly is by divine mercy raised.
Bethlehem this day resembles heaven; hearing from the stars the singing of angelic voices; and in place of the sun, enfolds within itself on every side, the Sun of justice. And ask not how: for where God wills, the order of nature yields. For He willed; He had the power; He descended; He redeemed; all things yielded in obedience to God. This day He Who is, is Born; and He Who is, becomes what He was not. For when He was God, He became man; yet not departing from the Godhead that is His. Nor yet by any loss of divinity became He man, nor through increase became He God from man; but being the Word He became flesh, His nature, because of impassability, remaining unchanged.
President of Croatia Mrs. Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic sent best wishes to the Serbian Orthodox Metropolitan of Zagreb-Ljubljana, His Eminence Porfirius, and via him to the clergy, monastics and faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Croatia, on the occasion of the forthcoming feast-days of Orthodox Christmas, and greeted him with the traditional Christmas greeting: God’s Peace – Christ is Born !
“May the Christmas be a feast-day of Christian joy, peace, family and devotional fellowship, encouragement for persistence in the common efforts of all Christian believers and the people of good while building up Croatia as a country of benefit for all its citizens,” was written in the message of Mrs. Kiktarovic.
On the occasion of the forthcoming joyous feasts of the Nativity of Christ, Metropolitanate of Montenegro donated to the Hospital of Cetinje “Daniel I” a new medical motor vehicle, a reanimobile, the value of which is c. 30.000 Euro.
The contract relating to the donation was signed at the residence of the Metropolitan Amfilochius between him and Director of the General Hospital “Daniel I” Dr. Sonja Radojicic.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch received Mr. Vladimir Chepurin, Ambassador of Belarus to Serbia at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 3 January 2016.
The Serbian Orthodox Church to her spiritual children at Christmas, 2016
By the Grace of God
Orthodox Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch, with all the Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church, to all the clergy, monastics, and all the sons and daughters of our Holy Church: grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, with the joyous Christmas greeting:
Peace from God! Christ is Born!
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men! (St. Luke 2:14)
We find ourselves, once again, before the Nativity Feast Day, before the feast day of immeasurable love of God, for today in the city of David Christ the Lord is born (cf. St. Luke 2:11), Emmanuel, which is to say, “God with us”. (St. Matthew 1:23) This great Mystery of the Incarnation of God the Logos, hidden from the beginning of the ages (cf. St. John 1:2), was first announced by the angels of God with their Christmas hymn of peace and love (cf. St. Luke 2:14). Then, they were joined by the shepherds and wise men from the east, gathering, therefore, both heaven and earth, angels and people, and all earthly nations, around the God-Child Christ in the Church of the Living God. (II Cor. 6:16)
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received Mr. AleksanderChepurin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Belgrade at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 29 November 2016.
During the audience, Ambassador Chepurin congratulated His Holiness a forthcoming joyful holiday of the Nativity of the Lord wishing him many fruitful years in his Patriarchal ministry. Patriarch Irinej thanked the Ambassador Chepurin for his attention and replied with warm greetings.