Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, and good will to men

The message of the Angels from heaven to humanity is of particular importance today concerning all the peoples on earth, who are suffering from confusion, anxiety, insecurity, deadly conflicts, exploitation and the sad consequences of the epidemic. And the question is: where do we end up with this situation? Along with all the other everyday problems in human societies, there are psychological ones that have been added, such as depression, despair, the tendency to commit suicide.

Our hearts are thrilled as we hear today the Angels’ message to the pious protector of the Virgin, Joseph. For Mary “will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). The name Jesus (the Greek form of the Hebrew Joshua), means Savior, and we will see this joyous declaration become a reality on the holy Night of Christmas, when the Angel will again announce to the shepherds of Bethlehem: “there is born to you … a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). Significantly, the primary name of the Son of God as God-man will be Savior, and this is because He is the one and only Savior of humanity. St. Peter also made such a declaration in front of the members of the Jewish Council: Only in Jesus is there salvation, “for there is no other name under heaven by which we can be saved” (see Acts 4:12).

As we noted in our previous Homily, the Son of God is called the Word of God. He is the second person of the Holy Trinity, the Only-begotten Son of God, who became incarnate for humanity; the God-man Jesus Christ.

Sermon. Part 1.

In the prayers and hymns of the Divine Liturgy, as well as in other holy Services, the second person of the Holy Trinity, The Son of God, is called “Logos”; like in the hymns “Only begotten Son and Word (Logos) of God, being immortal…”, or “… you, who are more glorious than the Seraphim, who undefiled gave birth to God the Word (Logos)…”

At the beginning of the Nativity Fast (the Forty-day period before Christmas), our Church celebrates the Entrance of the Theotokos to the Temple. The three-year old Mary is led into the Temple of Jerusalem, and will be honored as the living temple where the Son of God dwells. As the hymn of the Feast Day wonderfully proclaims: Today the living Temple of the holy glory of Christ our God, the pure Maiden who alone is blessed among women, is offered in the Temple of the Law, that she may make her dwelling in the Holy Place” (2nd Sticheron of the Feast Day at the Vespers service).

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