Before the birth of Christ, humanity was on the edge of disaster. Ruin and decline reigned among the peoples, with the once-chosen Israelites in a state of turmoil, poverty and lawlessness.

Having once again arrived at the great feast of the Lord’s Nativity, we glorify with hymn and spiritual song the One who emptied Himself for our sake and assumed our flesh so that He might redeem us from captivity to evil and open the gates of paradise to the human race.

Christmas is coming!   This feast of joy for the whole world, announced by the Angel of the Lord to the shepherds of Bethlehem: “I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11).

Christmas is coming!  The hearts of all Christians are directed towards Bethlehem, as they prepare to receive the Savior: “Christ from heaven is coming, welcome Him,” as our Church urges us with its beautiful hymns.  At the same time, the Church honors and celebrates today the glorious Ancestors of the Lord, from the Righteous Abraham up to the Blessed Virgin Mary, from whom Jesus Christ was born.   Those who came before lived in complete obedience to God’s will and firmly believed in His promises, such as Isaac who was to be sacrificed, Moses in the Exodus, the Prophet Daniel among the Lions, or the Three holy Youths in the furnace!

The Lord’s exhortation, “Be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16), is for all people at all times.  This is why holy people can be found on all levels of society, from the aristocrat and distinguished scholar or philosopher, to the simple villager with little education.


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