Joyful Christmas, 2020!

“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.” — From the Royal 9th Hour of the Nativity.

I hope everyone has a joyful Christmas, filled with the blessings and the peace that only God can provide. Happy Birthday to Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

PhotoMania Christmas collage, Lucian Hodoboc, selfie, 2020

Merry Christmas, 2019!

It’s Christmas once again, and I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! I hope God blesses you, your family, your friends and everything you love.

Let us take a few minutes to remember what Christmas is all about — namely, the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Birth of Jesus – Gospel of Luke, Chapters 1 and 2

The Child Christ: A Nativity Story – short film

With Christmas right around the corner, I wanted to share this short movie I recently discovered while browsing YouTube. This new depiction of the Nativity story, made by LightOfTheWorld.com, recounts in beautiful detail the sacred events found in the Bible about Jesus’s birth over 2,000 years ago.

Journey with Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Witness the awe of the shepherds in the plains of Judea. Feel the joy of the wise men as they kneel before the Light of the World – our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Visit http://www.LightTheWorld.org to learn more about the significance of this special first Christmas.

The Child Christ: A Nativity Story

#LightTheWorld: Since 2016, #LightTheWorld has grown into a global initiative each Christmas, with millions of participants. Throughout the Christmas season, individuals perform acts of service and kindness to demonstrate Jesus’s love one by one.

Want to join in? Go to http://www.LightTheWorld.org for daily service challenges, prompts, resources, and more. Follow them on social media:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ComeUntoChrist
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/comeuntochrist
Twitter – https://twitter.com/ComeUntoChrist

Saint Nicholas Day, 2019

Every year on December the 6th, the Orthodox Church commemorates Saint Nicholas of Myra (known as “the Wonder-worker”). While widely honored and venerated, not only in the Orthodox Church, but throughout most Christian groups, not much is known of the life of Nicholas.

From what is known, he was archbishop of Myra and he may have participated in the Council of Nicea in 325, although the latter fact is uncertain. In addition to being honored as the patron saint of many countries, notably Greece and Russia, and of cities, he is the patron of many occupational groups, most notably of sea-farers. He is also the basis for the Santa Claus legends and imagery which accompany Christmas celebrations in some parts of the world.

St. Nicholas is commemorated by the Church on December 6, and also on May 9 (the transfer of his relics) and on July 29 (his nativity).

After he inherited his parents’ estate, he became known for his generous gifts to those in need. As a youth, he made pilgrimages to Palestine and Egypt.

In time his fame in northern Europe as a saintly bishop began changing to that of a giver of gifts to children, usually done on December 6. As immigrants from the Germanic and Nordic lands settled in the United States the image of St. Nicholas, or “Sinterklaas,” as he is known among the Dutch, slowly changed to that of “Santa Claus” with little tie to the spirituality of Christianity.

Find out more about Saint Nicholas by visiting the sites linked below:

https://orthodoxwiki.org/Nicholas_of_Myra
https://www.oca.org/saints/lives/2007/12/06/103484-saint-nicholas-the-wonderworker-archbishop-of-myra-in-lycia
https://www.sngoc.org/content/about-st-nicholas
http://saintnicholas.ucoz.com/stnich-page.html

Saint Nicholas, pray for us.