“Today is born of the Virgin Him Who holdest all creation in the hollow of His hand. He Whose essence is untouchable is wrapped in swaddling clothes as a babe. The God Who from of old established the heavens lieth in a manger. He Who showered the people with manna in the wilderness feedeth on milk from the breasts. And the bridegroom of the Church calleth the Magi. And the Son of the Virgin accepteth gifts from them. We worship Thy Nativity, O Christ. Show us also Thy divine Theophany!” (The Idiomela for the Ninth Royal Hour of Nativity)
Beloved in Christ:
Christ is born! Glorify Him!
Just as our Lord Jesus Christ became incarnate in the womb of the Virgin Mary after she heard the proclamation of the Archangel, let each of us heed God’s word with joy and bear the fruits of the Spirit. Let us become partakers of the New Adam and the new humanity He offers us through His Incarnation, Death and Resurrection. Let us be transformed so that we may not just know about God, but know Him through the experience of His dwelling within us.
Yours in His Service,
Bishop of Los Angeles and the West