Skip to comments.Marry Christmas!
Posted on 01/06/2009 4:15:26 PM PST by kronos77
Marry Christmass from Orthodox Christians!
Church sends Christmas message 5 January 2009 | 16:21 | Source: Tanjug BELGRADE -- Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) head His Holiness Patriarch Pavle and the archbishops have sent a Christmas message to the Serb Orthodox believers.
Orthodox Christmas in Serbia is celebrated on Jan. 7, according to the Julian calendar.
The highest Church dignitaries called on Orthodox believers to return to the world that appeared with the birth of Jesus Christ, and to his depiction of the truth which is the sole foundation of life and the purpose of existence. The traditional Christmas message, to be read in all SPC temples in the country and abroad on Christmas day, addressed "to the sons and daughters of our Holy Church", was today read out in the Serbian Patriarchate by Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Coastlands in the name and with the blessing of Patriarch Pavle.
The message expressed concern over "the betrayal of the most profound secret of life, which is the cause of the brutal economic crisis".
The crisis, as the SPC archbishops said, is not only economic in character, but is much more profound and more complex, and it "conceals a spiritual, moral and political crisis, as well as the crisis of humanity itself."
The message says that the consequences of that crisis are the disrespect of international rights, violation of justice and general financial chaos and that, as a rule, those who are the most affected and scared by it, are those who are richest, "as their greed for money and pleasures knows no Christian values".
Kosovo-based Raška and Prizren Bishop Artemije has said in his Christmas message that conditions in which the Orthodox congregation in Kosovo will be celebrating this holiday, will greatly differ from the conditions in other parts of Serbia.
"I am speaking about the well-known security situation and the ghetto-like way in which we live without many possibilities, fundamental human rights, even freedom of movement. However, even in such conditions, or lack of them, nothing can mar the internal joy of Christmas itself. In Kosovo and Metohija the birth of our Lord is celebrated according to traditional Serb customs," Bishop Artemije said.
"If we were, God forbid, to lose Kosovo, if we were to accept its breaking away from Serbia, Serbia and we as a nation would cease to exist. Kosovo is our inalienable identity, out personal identity card without which we could not be recognized," Artemije stated in his Christmas message.
Merry Christmas to you.
Wow. What a beautiful church! Merry Christmas!
St. Sava temple, Belgrede.
Im just watching Holy Lithurgy.... 5,000 atending!
A youtube with one Orthodox song showing inside of tepmle:
Mir Bozije Hristos se Rodi!!!!!
Thank you so much. I’ve saved the link.
Merry Christmas to you all. regards Wraith
No identity is exactly what NATO wants. However, their own neck will take the rope in the end. For they know not what they do.
Merry Christmas to all of my Eastern Catholic friends also!
Chrystos razhdajetsja! Slavite Joho!
Sreken Bozic! Have a happy and blessed Nativity feast!
Christ is Born! Truly He Is Born!
And for all of us who are lucky enough to be able to celebrate Christmas in peace and freedom, remember in your prayers those Christians in Kosovo who can only go to & from church on Christmas with armed guards and in fear for their lives.
Merry Christmas to you! Amazing building.
Nativity Encyclical of the Serbian Orthodox Church
Thursday, 01 January 2009
The Serbian Orthodox Church to her spiritual children at Christmas, 2009
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!
Every year, dear spiritual children, and so it is this year as well, we anticipate and welcome Christmas, the birthday of the Son of God, with joy, faith, hope and love. Why? Because it is in this event that the fullness of time was fulfilled, and so God the Father, gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). This event is the fulfillment of all cosmological and historical events: everything that had happened in Gods creation and mankinds history received in that day which the Lord had made its fulfillment and realization. The entry of God into the innermost part of life represents, also, a fulfillment of all of mankind’s deepest yearnings as attested and proclaimed in all earthly nations before the birth of Christ. With His birth, the light of the knowledge of God shone forth. In that Divine light the meaning of the world, nature, and the ultimate goal of mans existence and the existence of all creatures, both visible and invisible, was revealed to us. In Christ God, Whom we in the Creed confess as the Only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages, Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten, not made; being of one essence with the Father, through Whom all things were made, Who, for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary and became man the victory has been realized once and for all over imperfection, sin and death. With the manifestation of the fullness of His Divinity and His unification with human nature, man’s fullness and perfection has also been realized. Without mingling or change, the undivided unity and community of the divine and human natures in the God-man Jesus Christ bestows upon the world and man humanity, through the indestructible truth and the eternal, Divine-human community which is Gods Church. From the day of Christs birth the world is not nor can it ever be that which it was before. Mans nature and the world, filled with the yeast of eternal Life, received the potential to be a new man, a new heaven and a new earth, a new eternal mankind. This is why Christ was the only one Who could say these words: Behold, I create everything new (cf. Rev. 21:5). He, as the Only new under the sun, eternally renews everything that exists; His Light enlightens everyone and everything, enlightening every man that comes into the world (cf. John 1:9).
As such, Christ is the fullness of the Law and Prophets as He Himself said: I did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it. (Matthew 5:17) This word to fulfill has dual meaning: to accomplish, on the one hand, and to give to the world fullness and perfection, on the other hand, so that we humans and the world may be filled and grow in Him until, as the divinely wise Apostle Paul says: we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:13).
It is on this all encompassing truth about the Person Christ, as the beginning and the endlessness of all that exists, that everyday life is founded, and which enlightens man’s way of life and behavior. This is why we always come back to the Nativity of the God-child, His Theanthropic work, with which we enlighten our own works and our relationship with each other, with God and with His creation.
With His birth as a man, the holiness of every birth and of all life is affirmed. It is fearful to imagine let alone to accept and legalize as something normal that defiling attitude towards the sanctity of life which would allow that even the Mother of God could be a child killer, just as are many contemporary women who kill their offspring in their wombs. Those mothers who kill their children become not only child murderers, but also God murderers, since every human being is a God-bearer and Christ-bearer. We will mention only one distressing and sad example of one mother who gave birth to a few daughters, and together with her husband wanted to have a son. When she conceived again, because the doctor wrongly determined that she was carrying another girl, she underwent an abortion, despite the pleas of her husband and others. It was discovered after the factoh, how heartrendingthat she was carrying two boys, twins! What then, can comfort and heal this unfortunate mothers deep wound?! May our Lord have mercy upon her and all other child destroying mothers who, in their selfishness or some similar reason, sacrifice their most holy gift from God. Dont they turn the mothers womb that workshop of life into a shop of death and nothingness!
The selfishness and self-indulgence of man, such as that cited above, leads to the endangerment and misuse of the very nature into which we are born and live. As man lives and breathes with love, likewise all creatures and all natures elements need mercy, love and goodness: the water which we drink, the air that we breathe, the flowers and trees in the field, the fish in the sea, the beasts in the mountains, the domestic animals all yearn for mercy, love and goodness. If we misuse any part of creation or infect and pollute it it becomes alienated, falls apart and disintegrates, and retaliates against its abusers. In this way the God-given order is broken : water loses its healthiness, and so does the earth, and with it the earthly fruits are polluted, and in turn they contaminate those who consume them man and other living beings. The climate is changing, the ice is melting in the North Pole, the change of seasons is diminishing; the rising heat is preparing the globe to be one day, God forbid, consumed in fire.
Together with this, contemporary man, in conquering with his technology far-flung territories, imperils the living space of numerous other beings. Instead of turning to the inner spiritual dimensions which are limitless and conquering those territories which endanger no one, but rather which give fullness to all things, opening up inexpressible horizons of growth and perfection instead, man turns to that which is by it’s very nature limited and transient, and thus himself becomes limited and crippled. The real and true fullness of all things is precisely the Theanthropic Person of Christ in Whom is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God (Ephesians 3:9). When Christ enters into our hearts through faith, only then can we be rooted and grounded in love
comprehending with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:17-19).
Aside from this, todays mankind is very concerned with the beginning of a severe economic crisis. More frequently than not, it is overlooked that the crisis is not only economic, but rather its nature is more complex and deeper. Is it no wonder that it is manifested first of all among the wealthiest: the most frightened are those who are the most affluent. Their unquenchable greed for money and enjoyment, their over-consumption of natural and material goods, produces an imbalance in human relationships the relationship towards the deepest mysteries of life and the relationship towards the entire creation. This means that behind the economic crisis is hidden a spiritual and moral crisis, and with that a crisis of all of mankind. It has been rightly stated that the economic crisis is connected with political calamity; as is the disregard for international rights and the ignoring of the United Nations Charter on human rights as well as the extinguishing of justice in general, engenders a political crisis, and this in turn engenders economic and financial chaos. The law and justice, both God’s and man’s, are ignored because of lust for power and economic interest. The consequences of placing the economic and global interests of the worlds mighty ones above justice and human rights are best seen in the tragic situation of our country and of the Serbian people, as well as other countries and peoples in the modern world.
The new hedonistic-utilitarian myths, today placed on the pedestal of divinity and propagated with all the modern means, are endangering most of all those most innocent and least able to repel them: children and youth. Drugs and immorality, the narrowing of life to instinct and the satisfaction of carnal lusts, the desire of the eye and of vanity (cf. 1 John 2:16), are the fruit of these ancient myths dressed in new and eye-catching clothing.
In the midst of all this we Christians, as before and as always, wait for Christ, and not better times (St. Nicholai of Zicha); we wait for Him Who is the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow. We always go back to Him to a Young Child, the pre-eternal God, as the absolute measure and criterion of everything that happened and happens in all of human history. In Him as Gods Son and Mans Son, as perfect God and perfect man we have known and believed the love that God has for us (1 John 4:16). Since God appeared to us with His Birth and lived with us, we know that God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. Love has been perfected among us in this (1 John 4:16-17), and with this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also (1 John 4:21).
In the name of such a God Who is Love, and in the name of such a Love to which all peoples and nations are called, we greet you all, dear spiritual children most especially you in the suffering Kosovo and Metohija and throughout the world, with the greeting of Gods truth, justice and eternal love:
PEACE FROM GOD - CHRIST IS BORN!
And may the crown of the goodness of the new year of our Lord be blessed!
Given at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade, at Christmas, 2008.
Your prayerful intercessors before the Divine Christ-Child:
Archbishop of Pec,
Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and
Serbian Patriarch PAVLE
Metropolitan of Zagreb and Ljubljana JOVAN
Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Coastlands AMPHILOHIJE
Metropolitan of Midwestern America CHRISTOPHER
Metropolitan of Dabro-Bosna NIKOLAJ
Bishop of Sabac-Valjevo LAVRENTIJE
Bishop of Nis IRINEJ
Bishop of Zvornik-Tuzla VASILIJE
Bishop of Srem VASILIJE
Bishop of Banja Luka JEFREM
Bishop of Budim LUKIJAN
Bishop of Canada GEORGIJE
Bishop of Banat NIKANOR
Bishop for America and Canada (New Gracanica Metropolitanate) LONGIN
Bishop of Eastern America MITROPHAN
Bishop of Zica CHRYSOSTOM
Bishop of Backa IRINEJ
Bishop of Great Britain and Scandinavia DOSITEJ
Bishop of Ras and Prizren ARTEMIJE
Retired Bishop of Zahumlje and Hercegovina ATANASIJE
Bishop of Bihac and Petrovac CHRYSOSTOM
Bishop of Osijek and Baranja LUKIJAN
Bishop of Central Europe CONSTANTINE
Bishop of Western Europe LUKA
Bishop of Timok JUSTIN
Bishop of Vranje PAHOMIJE
Bishop of Sumadija JOVAN
Bishop of Slavonia SAVA
Bishop of Branicevo IGNATIJE
Bishop of Milesevo FILARET
Bishop of Dalmatia FOTIJE
Bishop of Budimlje and Niksic JOANIKIJE
Bishop of Zahumlje and Hercegovina GRIGORIJE
Bishop of Valjevo MILUTIN
Bishop of Western America MAXIM
Bishop of Gornji Karlovci GERASIM
Bishop of Australia and New Zealand IRINEJ
Vicar Bishop of Hvostno ATANASIJE
Vicar Bishop of Jegar PORFIRIJE
Vicar Bishop of Lipljan TEODOSIJE
Vicar Bishop of Dioclea JOVAN
Vicar Bishop of Moravica ANTONIJE
THE ARCHDIOCESE OF OCHRID
Archbishop of Ochrid and Metropolitan of Skoplje JOVAN
Bishop of Polos and Kumanovo JOAKIM
Bishop of Bregal and locum tenens of the Diocese of Bitolj MARKO
Vicar Bishop of Stobija David
Sretan Bozic! Hristos Se Rodi!
I am Catholic, and this clip was very moving. Was the singer singing in Serbian? Thank you very much for linking this clip./Just Asking - seoul62........
VAISTINU SE RODI! And thank you, Dio! Hope that you had a beautiful Christmas as well!
Hristos se rodi!
That’s a wonderful Christmas carol!!!!
We on the New Calendar have already been celebrating Theophany, and you all on the Old Calendar will join us on the 19th.
I light a candle and pray for Serbian Christians in Kosovo when I enter the temple before every Divine Liturgy—even in my OCA parish. I hope that we shall always be able to worship the Triune God in peace and freedom here in America, and that our brothers and sisters in Kosovo and in Constantinople will join us in doing so very soon.
Feast of the Nativity Orthodox Ping!
Merry Christmas! God bless you and God bless Serbia.
Happy Christmas my Brother! :)
Christ is born! Glorify Him!
Re: the Hagia Sophia...It looks so lovely without the minarets. Thank you.
Of course it does. Perhaps one day soon....
A Blessed Christmas to you!
The Maronites celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25 as do, to the best of my knowledge, all of the other Eastern Catholic Churches. Does yours celebrate it on Epiphany?
Certain Orthodox hierarchies haven’t yet adopted that new-fangled Gregorian calendar yet. ;) The Julian calendar is 12-13 days off the Gregorian. So by the Julian calendar it’s December 25. You know what they (we!) say about us Orthodox: anything that happens in less than 400 years is done in unseemly haste and hasn’t been thought through carefully enough. :))
It is on Greek actualy, several eastern christian languages are used in church.
The words mean “Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us!” (as of course K77 knows!)
Sas efharisto poli. I try to learn a couple of words in every language. My next attempt is learning a few words in Arabic./Just Asking - seoul62......
Sas efharisto poli, many thanks./Just Asking - seoul62......
“My next attempt is learning a few words in Arabic./Just Asking - seoul62......”
Quddusun Allah! Quddusun al-qawi! Quddusun al-adhi, la yamutu rhamna.
Shukran gazilan, as-salamu-alaykum./Just Asking - seoul62......
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.