I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2, 10-11)
Today, when the entire Orthodox breathing celebrates the Nativity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, His Eminence Metropolitan Vladimir celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Nativity of the Lord metropolitan cathedral in Chisinau.
During the Divine Service, the Metropolitan Secretary and Dean of the Cathedral, Archpriest Vadim Cheibas, read out the Arch-Pastoral Message of Hierarch of the Orthodox Church of Moldova:
The bright Feast of the Nativity of the Baby-Messiah comes to remind us that the Son of God was born in the family of a carpenter. We could say that through this, the purpose of coming on earth of God the Word is shown to us again. From early childhood, He shows that He is ready to take up death, for the liberation of the humankind from its dominion, because the wood, the hammer, the nails – to toys that He was used to, had to become the arms of His torture.
Christ accepted all these for us, and He gave Himself to us. Let us accept Him and preach Him, so that His Light shines before all men!
Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ – the Baby and the Lord,
The year 2016 brought holy accomplishment for our Orthodox Church of Moldova. Metropolitan Gavriil (Banulescu-Bodoni) and Blessed Agafia of Cuselauca Monastery were beatified. The clergy and lay faithful continue to fulfil their Christian mission through love and support provided to the neighbour, expressing thus our love to God the Creator.
Having a blessed occasion of celebrating in peace and holy joy the winter holidays, I address to all our faithful from the country and abroad, heartily congratulations, archpastoral wishes of spiritual well-being and prosperity, in order to find the True Light that shines to before all men that come to the world.
After the Liturgy, Metropolitan Vladimir congratulated all parishioners on the bright Feast of the Nativity of the Lord, inviting everyone to rejoice in the greatness and beauty of the holidays, in the light of the Church teaching and our ancestral traditions.
Sweet gifts were then distributed to the children present at the Service, while the adults received church calendars.
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