Orthodox Observer - December 1998
Archbishop Spyridon Extends Christmas Greetings
to Greek Orthodox Believers through the Orthodox Observer
"Today the Virgin gives birth to Him who is above all being, and the earth offers a cave to Him whom no man can approach. Angels with shepherds give glory, and Magi journey with a star. For unto us is born a young Child, the pre-eternal God. "
Kontakion of the Nativity
Beloved in the Incarnate Lord,
The words of Isaiah the Prophet ring out in triumph still: "Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given!"
Our gift from God is none other than His own Son, Jesus Christ the Lord. With Him comes every good and perfect gift as well -peace in our hearts, hope for the future, faith in the divine promise, and love for God and one another. It is my prayer that, during this blessed season of giving, you may continually rejoice in the bounties of God's grace.
I greet you in the joy of the Nativity and pray that the newborn Child and King will keep you and yours in peace throughout the new year.
With paternal love in the Lord,
[ Signed: ]
† Archbishop Spyridon
[ Orthodox Observer - December 1998 - p. 1 ]