I cordially greet you on the occasion of the Nativity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
For one to come in touch with the mystery of the Incarnation, one needs to purify oneís mind from vanity and to comprehend with oneís heart the infinitude of Godís love revealed to us in the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ. As St. Basil the Great put it, ĎLike light through clear glass the power of the Godhead shone through that human body for those whose inner eye was pure. Among such may we also be numbered, so that beholding his radiance with unveiled face we too may be transformed from glory to glory.í God is already with us, but not yet all have opened their spiritual eyes to be able to respond to Godís call of love. Christians, emulating the Angels who brought the good news to the shepherds on the Nativity night, should incessantly bear witness before the world by their word and deed to the God-granted salvation: ĎFor there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lordí (Lk. 2:11).
I wish you and your flock peace, joy, prosperity and Godís abundant grace.
With love in the Lord,
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia