Patriarchal greetings were sent to the Pope of Rome Benedict XVI, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, President of the Council of Evangelical Church in Germany Bishop Wolfgang Huber, and the leaders of other Churches and Christian communities. The text is given below.
Please accept my cordial greeting with the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Saviour has renewed our nature through his coming into the wo5rld and, as St Gregory the Theologian said, ‘united Divine nature with human nature.’ Being filled with spiritual joy, we celebrate this great event and see with the eyes of faith the fulfillment of this great mystery.
I wholeheartedly wish you peace, strength and help in your lofty ministry from the Born Lord.
With love in the Born Christ,
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia