The Feast of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
December 6, 2008
Your Eminence Metropolitan Philip,
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Christ is born! Glorify Him!
"God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the Fathers by the Prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins set down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they." (Hebrews 1: 1-4)
Once again the Church is calling us to celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. It is through this feast that God, who is transcendent in His very nature, condescended in humility and love and took our flesh so that we may become God by Grace. At His birth participates the whole of creation; nothing is left aside. The Kontakion of this feast, through the inspiring words of Saint Romanos the Melodist, summarizes this mystery in the most amazing manner:
Today the Virgin giveth birth to the Transcendent in essence; the earth offereth the cave to the unapproachable One; the angels with the shepherds glorify Him; and the Magi with the star travel on their way; for a new child hath been born for our sakes, God before the ages.