Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch

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Christmas Message 2009

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”
St. John 1:14

Dearly Beloved in Christ,

“Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). With these words, the Prophet Isaiah foretold of the Birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, uplifting the hope of all mankind in the coming of the Messiah. Following the fall of Adam and Eve, mankind lived from generation to generation in the hope and great expectation of the coming of the Anointed One of God.

Each year at this blessed time, the Holy Church relives the Nativity of our Lord, the true Prince of Peace. As on that first Christmas morning, the joyous message of the heavenly hosts is again proclaimed to all mankind: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and good hope for men (St. Luke 2:14).” Like the shepherds, we are also told of the glad tidings of great joy that “this day is born to you in the city of David, a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord (St. Luke 2:11)." Today, the infinite God has been born in the flesh, taking upon Himself our very humanity and becoming one with us.

Our prayer for you this Christmas is that the precious blessing of our Lord’s coming be with you and your dear ones both now and always. May we all be truly better Christians in the New Year ahead, seeing Christ in all our brothers and sisters. We pray that God may richly bless and keep you in His loving care and that this Christmas season may truly be a time of real peace and joy for you all.

Your Spiritual Father in Christ,
Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim
Archbishop

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