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After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY






Nativity Message Vladyka Athanasius of Volagda


Merry Christmas,

dear brothers - hierarchs, pastors, monastics and laity - all the faithful children of the Church!

C erkov is the body of Christ, the head - Christ, the Holy Spirit, went down in the virgin's womb, and dressed in human flesh to its sanctification and deification.

X Loeb, who descended from heaven, and set down in a manger in a saving victuals for the dying and drowning in sin, nizpadshego below bezslovesnyh, humanity.

With s great event, made more than two thousand years ago, and predicted by the prophet Isaiah 7 centuries before its execution, we're going to celebrate, experiencing every cell of the Church of the body (the body), the event glorifying angels, and seized upon the people - "Glory to God, and on earth peace, good will toward men! " (Luke 2:14).

X ristos I born in Bethlehem and brought his long-awaited peace, life-giving and soldered sincere in the faith of the soul, seeking the total for all of us, and at the same time deeply personal God to whom they bring their sorrows and sins in return for the consolation of the Holy Spirit - the breath of newborn Christ!

FROM love in Christ
+ Bishop Vologda and Veliko - Ustiug Athanasius