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Nativity Letter from the Department of Sacred Music

Nativity Message from Paul Jabara, Chairman, Department of Sacred Music

December 23, 2015

Your Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, beloved Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Christ Is in Our Midst!

I pray that everyone is well and is as excited as I am to celebrate the blessed nativity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

As we approach one of the most glorious feast days of our liturgical year, we reflect on the magnitude of this day and how it has changed our lives forever. Without birth there is no death, and without death there is no resurrection. This is the time of year when we are reminded of all the beauty and wonder in this world, and that every gift we have comes from above.

This is a time of celebration and also a time of reflection. While we partake in festivities, food and fun, we also remember those of us who are no longer with us. It is this bitter sweetness, this joy and sorrow that allows us to give thanks, truly, from deep in our hearts.

As I reflect on world events and as my heart breaks with what we are witnessing, not only in Syria but also in our own backyards, I am reminded of the greatest commandment of all, to love one another. It is as simple as that. Love conquers evil. It always has and it always will.

My prayer for each of us is that we remind ourselves every day to try and be more loving and kind to each other, to show empathy and compassion, to give from our hearts and to embrace the challenges that come our way...to love and respect one another despite our differences.

On behalf of myself and the Department of Sacred Music, we wish you, your families and friends a blessed nativity filled with peace, health and love.

Paul Jabara