Friday, January 14, 2011

Nativity of Our Lord in Parishes and Monasteries of the Eastern American Diocese 2011

Check out this link for various pictures from our parishes from the celebration of Nativity:

The media office did a great job with this!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Patriarch Kirill congratulates believers on the Nativity

*** Our whole life should become a joint prayer and joint work for realizing divine plan about the world and the man
Moscow, January 11, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia wished Orthodox believers all the best on the Nativity.

"With heart full of joy I congratulate you on the great and saving feast of the Nativity of Christ and New Year! I invoke God's blessing upon you and wish you success in all good undertakings and initiatives!" the Patriarch said in his Christmas message.

On the Nativity day, he reminds, "we need to think how much this day means in life of the whole humanity and each of us."

"Since the dawn of time people search for answers about the meaning of life, salvation, how to find hope and the divine truth opens to us through the events of the Nativity: Christ is the meaning of life and salvation and hope," Patriarch Kirill stresses.

According to him, the Savior showed what it means to be a real person, the one envisaged by God and "now there's a lighthouse, a bright light in our life."

"Ability to achieve this truth doesn't depend on wealth, social status, success in society, personal abilities, including intellect," the Patriarch said.

Addressing believers and atheists, he reminds that in "the world torn with hatred and enmity, Christ shows us God's love, way to salvation and way of truth."

"We follow this way when we answer God's appeal to righteous life, when we work for God not only with prayers and hymns, but with good affairs for our neighbors, hard work for the welfare of our people, for the welfare of the Church, for the welfare of the Motherland," Patriarch Kirill said.

Greek word "liturgy' that means the central church service is translated as "joint work", he reminds, saying that "our whole life should become a liturgy - joint prayer and joint work for realizing in life the divine plan about the world and the man."