1955 Nativity Message of St. John Maximovitch


1955 Christmas Message By St. John Maximovitch

“When Jesus the Lord was born of the holy Virgin, the entire world was enlightened. The shepherds watched within the fields, the Magi adored and the angels sang hymns of reward; however Herod was troubled: for God appeared within the flesh, the Savior of our souls.” (Christmas Great Vespers)The invisible God placed on a physique and visibly appeared on earth.

The angels rejoice in heaven, seeing their Creator God, whose glory they can not even take a look at. The folks on earth rejoice too. “I deliver you good tidings of nice pleasure, which shall be to all folks” (Luke 2:10), the angel proclaims to the shepherds. The shepherds glorify and reward God, seeing the Infant mendacity within the manger.

Magi from the East circulate to Bethlehem, seeing a star asserting the beginning of the King of Kings, and falling down earlier than Him they worship Him, bringing their presents.

Rejoice, righteous ones, rejoice, all who love Zion!

Come, allow us to rejoice within the Lord, who appeared on earth for our sake!

All creation offers because of Him. Heaven and earth are united at this time in His reward. God got here to avoid wasting His creation from evil and destruction.

Only the evil that’s generated by the prince of this world trembles. When the angels sang, and the shepherds praised and the Magi worshiped, Herod was stressed. He is in search of the soul of the Newborn Child and, not discovering Him, massacres harmless infants.

Much crying and sobbing and wailing are heard in Rama and are mixed with the reward of the angels.

The first nice sacrifice of the Most Pure Nativity of Christ was infants.

Instead of a present, Herod introduced his malice to Christ. But having snatched away the infants from the arms of their moms, he couldn’t snatch their souls from the Right Hand of the One who lay within the manger.

The Eternal Infant obtained His friends, who gave their earthly lives for Him, into His everlasting wonderful Kingdom. They rejoice in it and are merry. Herod tried in useless to kill the Source of life, anticipating the Christ-killers Caiaphas and Pilate.

In due time, He accepted dying for your complete human race, opening the gates of heaven, He Who now descended to earth. He calls everybody to benefit from the heavenly meals.

The malice of the enemies of Christ rages even now.

Crying, wailing and sobs are heard within the Orthodox enslaved nations. Pretending to be pious, like Herod, they search to kill the religion of Christ, making an attempt to deceive those that worship Him, just like the magi, or in rage they put to dying, just like the infants of Bethlehem!

The Greeks have simply been massacred and the shrines nonetheless remaining there within the metropolis of Emperor Constantine have been destroyed, simply as they’ve been destroyed in our Fatherland.

But those that suffered for the identify of Christ rejoice with the infants, and people who are devoted to Him can be glorified with the Magi!

Let us hasten now to Him who has descended from heaven and glorify Him, crying out: You who had been Incarnate for us, Lord, glory to Thee!

Christ is born!


Source: Translated by John Sanidopoulos.





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