The Message of His Holiness Karekin II Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians on the Occasion of the Feast of the Holy Nativity and Theophany of Jesus Christ
Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, 06 January 2007
In the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
?If any one is in Christ, he is a new creation? II Corinthians 5:17
Dearly Pious Faithful,
Today is the Feast of the Holy Nativity, the Feast of the Theophany of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The sacred mystery is great and wondrous, which today we live once more. A new king is born in
The shepherds, with simple and pure hearts, recognized and worshipped the Newborn Savior in the manger in
The call to man to restore and improve, however, did not completely put an end to the old man, nor the existence of old understandings, and evil did not disappear from the earth. Today as well, underneath the nature of new man often works the old man. Along with the pious worship of Christ by the shepherds and magi, the evil acts of Herod also remain. The modern world, characterized by the developing conditions, possibilities and abilities of life, is yet not healed of miseries, calamities and wars; it is not free of falsehood, jealousy and hate. Man ascended to the universe, but how far has he risen in his inner spiritual world? The progress of science has benefited the welfare of life, but how much also have the weapons of war advanced? Indeed, modern scientific and technological accomplishments, democracy, the rights and freedom of individuals and nations, ? ideologies proclaimed as supreme values ? have remained inadequate to provide answers to the issues and challenges facing mankind. They will continue to remain inadequate if God does not live within us, if God does not work in our lives, if importance is not placed on faith, holiness or the spiritual; and on the contrary, when it is mocked instead. Efforts aimed at peace, justice and philanthropy will be in vain, if we do not first appeal for God?s beneficent Will and saving grace; if we do not fulfill the divine commandment to love one another.
The apostle says, ?Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect.? (I Corinthians 13:8-9). All of mankind?s knowledge is incomplete, and has changed throughout time and will continue to change; but it is love which never ends. Love is always constant ? it is perfect, ?it is not irritable or resentful, it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right?. All of us, nations and peoples, have one holy and life-giving inheritance ? the love of God for us, His creation. God loves us all, regardless of race, nationality, creed, sex or age. The testimony of this perfect love is the revelation of the Savior on earth. Only by being led with that same spirit of love shall mankind be new, and renew the world in the process. We Christians have the promise and belief that ?if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation?.
Dearly beloved Armenians, let us receive with gladness and gratitude our gift of salvation ? the Incarnate Son of God. Relying on Him, with fairness and brotherhood, and as new men, let us build the new life of
On the soul-renewing feast of the Holy Nativity of our Lord and Savior, with Christ-bequeathed love, we extend our fraternal greetings to the spiritual heads of our Sister Churches; to the incumbents of the hierarchal sees of our Apostolic Holy Church, His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia; His Beatitude Archbishop Torkom Manoogian, Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem; and His Beatitude Archbishop Mesrob Mutafian, Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople. We express our Pontifical blessings and love to the devoted ranks of clergy of our Church and all our people dispersed throughout the world.
With the glad tiding of the Holy Nativity, we greet the President of the
Dearly pious faithful, let us pray before the cradle of the Newborn Savior, that the souls of men be renewed by His limitless graces, and that the lives of people be directed along the paths of mercy, peace, justice and true brotherhood.
Let us appeal for our Lord and Savior to protect our people reinforced with faith, and bless our labors and efforts for the glory of His Holy Name, for the love and welfare of our homeland and nation dispersed throughout the world, and for the vibrancy of our
Christ is Born and Revealed.
Great Tidings to You and Us.
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January 6, 2007