Christmas Joy

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“I believe…For us men and for our salvation He (the Lord, Jesus Christ) came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit He was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man.” (from the Creed)

The Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ is celebrated joyously. In the Ukrainian Christmas Carol, “All the Universe rejoices,” we sing out:

All the universe rejoices,

God today is born of a Virgin

In a stable nearby the donkey and the ox

To Him we bow down

The kings, the kings come (to pay homage). (2)

 Frankincense, myrrh and gold – the gifts

Brought by the Three Kings.

For the newborn King

Lord of all creation

They give homage to Him. (2)

Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the Old Testament Law and the Prophets.  Jesus Christ fulfilled all the Old Testament prophecies concerning the coming of the Messiah. In Him, God Eternal became man. He took upon Himself a human form. He was likened to us all, except for sin. The reason for His Coming was “to save us with His Love. His Love for is  self-giving, self-sacrificial. Through Christ, the Son of God, we all draw closer to God and to one another. Jesus is our Brother. We all are part of the Family of God. We are brothers and sisters in Christ. We, authentic believers, seek to walk in the footsteps of our Lord and Master. We pray “Thy Will be done”, so that the Holy, divine and providential Will of Almighty God be operative among us at all times – in our words, desires and actions.

On that first Christmas morning the angels from on high, the heavens, cried out: “Glory to God in the highest and peace to men of good will.´ Let us seek goodness and truth so that Divine Love and Truth prevail. Let us remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. Let the Light of Christ shine brightly in our hearts through the goodness in our deeds. Then, justice will truly exist in our daily lives, so that true peace would be on earth as it is in heaven.

Father D. George Worschak

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