Nativity Epistle 2020: Metropolitan NICHOLAS of CINCINNATI

Nativity of Christ 2020

+N I C H O L A S
By the mercy of God, Archbishop of Cincinnati and
Primate of the True Orthodox Church in America

Dearly beloved Hierarchs, Clergy, Monastics and Faithful of the True Orthodox Faith,

And the Angel said unto them, Fear Not: for, behold, 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 Savior, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10 – 11.

Dearly Beloved in the Lord,
Christ Is Born! Glorify Him!

As we approach the great feast of the Nativity of our Savior Jesus Christ , our hearts are troubled because we are living again in a prophetic time, rejecting Christ, ignoring the most original faith of Christianity, depriving the people of God to assemble together, and to celebrate and rejoice with their families on this Nativity feast.

Instead of a joyous nativity celebration, we are forced into isolation to deprive us from celebrating with joy and happiness the Nativity of Christ, to destroy the unity in faith, the unity in family and community. To destroy that divine conscience what God gave to all of us. To transform the entire human race in a mechanical thinking, and destroying human conscience by the satanic rulers of this world.

We are supposed to be prepared because we knew this coming events from the Bible, unfortunately we were ignorant and we failed to be vigilant: “Be sober-minded and alert, your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in your faith and in the knowledge that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” (1 Peter 5:8-9)
If we look with the eye of the prophet we can cry as they did – take notice of the sufferings and rejection, the faithless rulers of our generation, the immorality, drugs which destroy the conscience, especially of the young generation of humanity today.

The coming of Christ, the Feast of Nativity is like a wake up call to embrace Him, not to be afraid to confess Him, to follow Him, to open your hearts as did the apostle and shout loud: “so that it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.” (Gal.2:20)

All these that are on my mind I want to share with all of you to conclude as the angels said “Fear Not” is the time of awakening celebration, from our hibernation of spirituality, and true faith and let us be united to celebrate shouting and confessing Christ Nativity with joy: Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Wishing all of you a blessed and joyful Feast of the Nativity of Christ and a healthy and prosperous New Year 2021.

Prayerfully yours in the New Born Christ in Bethlehem of Judea

+Metropolitan N I C H O L A S – Primate
Archbishop of Cincinnati and
Metropolitan of the True Orthodox Church in America