Christ is Born!  Glorify Him!

Христос Рождається! Славіте Його!


Dear Sisters and Brothers,


“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!” (Luke 2:14)

«Слава на висотах Богу й на землі мир людям його вподобання» (Лк 2:14)

          As we celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord, we do so with a sense of wonder in our hearts. The story of the birth of Jesus serves as a constant reminder of God’s love for us.

To express God’s boundless love for us, God appears among us in the person of his own son, Jesus Christ. God with us. Emmanuel. And in this we rejoice!

This year, we celebrate Christmas in the midst of much unrest in the world, in Ukraine, the Middle East and the Holy Land – the very birthplace of Our Saviour – and elsewhere.

          Peace. We long for peace.

          Jesus, at his birth, comes into the world as the Prince of Peace, in fulfilment of the prophecy of Isaiah: “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9: 6).

          Jesus is the Prince of Peace. He comes into the world as the great peacemaker among humanity.

Ісус є Князем миру. Він приходить у світ як великий миротворець серед людства.

У Нагірній проповіді Христос навчає блаженство: «Блаженні миротворці, бо вони синами Божими назвуться» (Мт. 5:9).

Після смерті Ісус каже своїм учням: «Мир залишаю вам; мир мій даю вам» (Ів. 14:27). На ту саму першу Пасху нам сказано у Святому Писанні: «Коли настав вечір того дня, першого дня тижня, і двері дому, де зібралися учні, були замкнені зі страху перед юдеями, прийшов Ісус і став серед них. і сказав їм: Мир вам!» (Ів. 20:19).

Alongside other powerful names such as Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, and Eternal Father, Jesus is given the title Prince of Peace, indicating one of His many roles — the One who is the leader of peace and offers it to others.

As we celebrate Jesus’ birth this Christmas, let us thank God for the gift of peace. And let us honour the Prince of Peace by continuing to be peacemakers in the world, starting within our own families and among our friends and neighbours.

          The story is told about an old rabbi who once asked his students how one could recognize the time when night ends and day begins. One student asked, “Is it when, from a great distance, you can tell a dog from a sheep?” “No,” said the rabbi. Another student asked, “Is it when, from a great distance, you can tell a date palm from a fig tree?” “No,” said the rabbi. “Then,” the students asked, “When is it?” The rabbi answered, “It is when you look into the face of any human creature and see your brother or sister there.  Until then, night is still with us.

          Ah, to see brother or sister in all! This is the call of all humanity!

          Yet, we live in a world that is all too often filled with horrific examples of communities torn apart:  hunger and starvation, ethnic cleansing, segregation, genocide, drug wars, tougher immigration, and so on.

          Still, there is plenty of food and work for everyone in the world if we but share our common wealth and recognize that we are all brothers and sisters. We are not alone but are related with others all around the world. We belong to the family of God, and it is the love of God that binds us together.

This Christmas, we remember those that fight for peace in the world. We remember the joy that peace brings, and we pray for peace and for a better world, especially in those places where there is conflict today. We pray for a day when we can truly call each other brother and sister.

Цього Різдва ми згадуємо тих, хто бореться за мир у світі. Ми пам’ятаємо про радість, яку приносить мир, і молимося за мир і кращий світ, особливо в тих місцях, де сьогодні є війни, особливо в Україні. Ми молимося за день, коли ми справді зможемо називати одне одного братом і сестрою.

Святкуючи свято Різдва нашого Господа, нехай Христос справді благословить вас і вашу родину миром, любов’ю і радістю, сьогодні та в Новому році!

As we celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord, may Christ, truly bless you and your family with peace, love and joy, now and in the New Year!


Christ is Born!  Glorify Him!

Христос Рождається! Славіте Його!