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 Epistle Vl. Gregory

Nativity Epistle for 2017, of our ROCA Bishop Gregory of Sao Paulo, Brazil and All South America

 2 machine-English translations (from Russian/Portuguese)
 Master Message in Russian below.  
 Translation from Russian into Portuguese.


"Behold, I proclaim to you a great joy that shall be to all people. Today the Savior who is Christ the Lord is born to you in the city of David" (Lk 2: 10-11).

Beloved in the Lord, the God-loving clergy, brothers and sisters, faithful children of the Holy Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia!

My beloved in the Lord clergymen, brothers and sisters and faithful children of the Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia!

     There is no man on earth who is not an advanced person to be happy, would not seek her, would not long for her. But earthly joys can never fully satisfy a person. In addition, they are not at all durable and are often replaced by grief and sorrow. What makes one happy, causes sadness in others. Not that spiritual joy! But where to look for it? Where can it be purchased? In the Lord God - the joy of the Holy Dews!  

There is no one on earth who could be alienated from joy and not anxiously seeking. There is, however, no earthly joy capable of satisfying the human being. And, moreover, all earthly joy is fleeting and almost always ends in pain and suffering. What makes some happy, others sad. However there is a joy that is not so - it is spiritual joy! But where to find it? Where is it possible to acquire it? In God our Lord is found, joy in the Holy Spirit and full happiness!

And so, on the Christmas night, the angels themselves preached the Bethlehem pastors, and through them to all mankind, I bring joy. And what is the joy? "Yako was born to you by the day of Savior, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David." And so, from the wretched Bethlehem the true joy to the whole world shone - the Nativity of Christ!

 On Christmas Eve, the angels descended from heaven and announced to the shepherds of Bethlehem a great joy which, through them, spread throughout all mankind. And what joy was that? "Today the Savior who is Christ the Lord is born to you in the city of David." This is how, from poor Bethlehem, true joy for all the world has come: the Birth of Christ!

     But why did Christ descend from heaven? "Yes, heaven will lead us!" Through sin, humanity has lost its paradise. Christ gives us heaven with His incarnation, the Cross and Resurrection! "That we may be made heirs by hope of eternal life" (Tit.3: 7). "That we may receive life through him" (1 John 4: 9).

But, why did Jesus Christ come down from heaven? "To lead us to heaven!" Through sin, mankind lost paradise. Christ, by His Incarnation, Cross and Resurrection, gives us heaven as a gift! "That we may be heirs of eternal life, according to hope" (Titus 3: 7) "that we may have life through him" (1 John 4,9).

     The prophet Isaiah seven hundred years before this event announced his supernatural - "The Virgin in the womb will receive and give birth to the Son, and the name Immanuel will not be borne to him, which means: God is with us." (Is.7.14 / Mat.1.23) "C God is our God, understand the languages, and punish yourself, for God is with us! "((Is.8,9) The singing of this solemn song at the all-night vigil is a feature of the divine service of the present feast: it announces the triumph of the Messiah-Christ Kingdom, that the hostile Christ The kingdom of power, although it seems at times terrible, can not stand on the day of the appearance of the judgment of God. Isaiah announced only the House of David about the future Emmanuel, but now there is no place where it would not be preached about the Lord Jesus Christ and the coming of his second coming.

The prophet Isaiah, seven hundred years before, prophesied the miraculous birth: "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel," which means, "God is with us" (Isa.7: 14 / Mat.1, 23) "Know ye, ye people, and bending, for God [is] with us!" (Isa. 8: 9). This chant chanted in the Great Vigil is one of the main parts of the Divine Office of this feast. The verses of this song celebrate the triumph of the Kingdom of Christ Messiah, declaring that the powers hostile to the Kingdom of the Messiah, though they sometimes seem terrifying, will not stand on the day of the manifestation of the divine judgment. In his day, the Prophet Isaiah announced the coming of the Immanuel only to the house of David. Today there is no place in the world where the Lord Jesus Christ and His second coming have not been announced.

     The House of David then neglected the words of the Prophet and left his plans for an alliance with the Gentiles, and did not receive the Messiah - Jesus Christ the Savior. And now many who are by the name of the House of God, Christians, and many clerics occupying even high hierarchical positions, and almost all earthly states, like godless apostates, atheists, and idolaters, arrange feasts and agreements in the name of the enemy of God and the original destroyer of the human race . The commandments of God are removed and sin becomes a virtue. Without fear of the judgment of God, in the name of "all-forgiving love," they go to have fun where the law of God is plainly trampled upon, and blasphemy against God is not considered criminal.

At that time the house of David despised the words of the Prophet and did not abandon the plans of alliance with the pagan peoples, not even accepting the Messiah - Jesus Christ, the Savior. Today, many of those who claim to belong to the house of God, Christians and even many members of the clergy, in their highest hierarchy, and most governments of the world, imitating apostates and idolaters, unrelated to the divine life, celebrate banquets and settlements in the name of the enemy of God and the ancient destroyer of mankind. The Laws of God are vilified and sin has become a virtue! Without fearing God's judgment, trusting in the "forgiving love" indulges in amusement in places where God's law is disrespected, and where blasphemy is no crime.

      In time it served the stars of servants to worship the Lord Jesus Christ, and now called by His name they participate indifferently in lawless deeds and feasts with the five-pointed star, a symbol of enmity against the Lord Jesus Christ.

At that time, the worshipers of the stars came to worship Our Lord Jesus Christ; today, people baptized in His name participate indifferently in acts of judgment and feasting with the bearers of the five-pointed star, symbol of hostility against Our Lord Jesus Christ.

     "Hear the last earth, for God is with us. You who are in power are punished, for God is with us. We will not fear your fear, let us be confused below, as God is with us. And I will trust in Him, and will be saved by Him, for God is with us! "

"Listen with all your attention to the ends of the earth - for God is with us, you who are powerful in the world, bend over - for God is with us, we will not fear what you fear, we will not be disturbed - because God is with us. hope, He will save me - because God is with us! "(Christmas vigil)

     In these holy days we will be mentally moved to Bethlehem, we will humbly reflect on God's love for man, understand the power and immutability of the Divine Scriptures, with children's faith and ardent love, with a pure heart we will glorify Christ - and the peace of God and the joy of the Holy Duchy will reign in our hearts !!

On these holy days, let us carry ourselves in spirit to Bethlehem; let us meditate with all humility in the love of God for humanity, let us try to understand the absolute power of the Holy Scriptures and with the pure faith of a child, with a burning love, with a pure heart we glorify Christ and the peace of God and joy in the Spirit Holy will reign in our hearts!

     With the joyous holiday of the Nativity of Christ and the coming New Year, I congratulate all of you, beloved fathers, brothers and sisters and spiritual children!

To all of you, beloved clergymen, brothers and sisters and spiritual children, I congratulate you, wishing you a merry Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
By the grace of God, humbly,

                                                                                      By God's mercy, humble
                                                                                                      + Gregory
                                                                      Bishop of Sao Paulo and South American
                                                                                The Nativity of Christ 2017 / 2018g.

                                                                                              + Gregor
                                                                            Bishop of São Paulo and South America
                                                                                   Christmas 25.12.2017 / 07.01.2018

In Russian



Се благовествую вам радость велию, яже будет всем людем. Яко родися вам днесь Спас, иже есть Христос Господь, во граде Давидове.” (Лук.2,10-11). 

Возлюбленные о Господе боголюбивые клир, братия и сестры, верные чада Святой Русской Православной Церкви Заграницей! 
     Нет человека на земле, который не преклонный был бы к радости, не искал бы её, не жаждал бы её. Но земные радости никогда не могут полностью удовлетоворить человека. К тому же совсем не долговечны и часто сменяются на скорби и печали. То что радует одних, вызывает печаль у других. Не то духовная радость! Но где же её искать? Где её возможно приобрести? У Господа Бога - радость о Дусе Святе! И вот, в рождественскую ночь сами ангелы благовествовали Вифлеемским пастырям, а через них всему человечеству, радость велию . И какая же это радость? “ Яко родися вам днесь Спас, иже есть Христос Господь, во граде Давидове” . И так, из убогого Вифлеема возсияла истинная радость всему миру - Рождество Христово! 
     Но для чего же сошел Христос с небес? “Да нас на небеса возведет!”  Через грех человечество потеряло рай. Христос Своим вочеловечением, Крестом и Воскресением дарует нам небо!  “Чтобы мы  по упованию соделались наследниками вечной жизни “(Тит.3,7). “Чтобы мы получили жизнь через Него “(1Ион.4,9). 
     Пророк Исаиа за семьсот лет до сего события возвестил его преестественность – “Се Дева во чреве приимет и родит Сына и нерекут имя Ему Еммануил, что значит: с нами Бог.” (Ис.7,14/ Mat.1,23) “С нами Бог, разумейте языцы, и покаряйтеся, яко с нами Бог!”( (Ис.8,9) Пение этой торжественной песни на всенощной составляет особенность богослужения настоящего праздника. Она возвещает о торжестве Царства Мессии-Христа, о том,что враждебные Христову Царству силы, хотя и кажутся по временам страшными, не могут устоять в день явления суда Божия. В свое время пророк Исаиа возвещал о грядушем Еммануиле только Дому Давидову. Ныне же нет места, где бы не проповедывалось о Господе Иисусе Христе и грядущем Его  втором пришествии. 
     Дом Давидов тогда пренебрег словами Пророка и не оставил своих планов о союзе с язычниками, и не принял Мессию – Иисуса Христа Спасителя. И ныне многие по имени сущие от Дома Божия, христиане, и многие священнослужители занимающие даже высокие иерархические положения, и почти все государства земные, подобно чуждым жизни Божией отступникам, безбожникам, и идолопоклонникам устраивают пиршества и соглашения во имя врага Божия и исконного губителя рода человеческого. Заповеди Божии отстраняются а грех становится добродетелью. Без страха пред судом Божиим, во имя  “всепрощающей любви “, идут веселиться туда, где явно попирается закон Божий, и хула на Бога не считается делом преступным. 
      Во время оно звездам служащии пришли поклониться Господу Иисусу Христу, а ныне нареченные Именем Его безразлично соучаствуют в беззаконных делах и пиршествах с носящими пятиконечную звезду - символ вражды против Господа Иисуса Христа. 
     “Услышите до последних земли - яко с нами Бог.  Могущие покаряйтеся, яко с нами Бог. Страха же вашего не убоимся, ниже смутимся, яко с нами Бог. И уповая буду на Него, и спасуся Им, яко с нами Бог!” 
     В эти святые дни перенесемся мысленно в Вифлеем, смиренно поразмыслим о любви Божией к человеку, уразумеем силу и непреложность Божественных Писаний, с детскою верою  и горячею любовию, с чистым сердцем  прославим Христа, - и мир Божий и радость о Дусе Святе воцарится в сердцах наших! 
     С радостным праздником Рождества Христова и наступающим Новым Годом поздравляю всех вас, возлюбленные отцы, братия и сестры и чада духовные! 

                                                                                      Божией милостию  Смиренный 
                                                                                                      + Григорий 
                                                                      Eпископ Сан Паулский и Южно Американский 
                                                                                Рождесто Христово 2017/2018г.г 

 In Portuguese
                                      Da Igreja Ortodoxa Russa Fora da Russia 
           “ Eis que vos anuncio uma grande alegria que será para todo o povo: hoje nasceu para vós, na cidade de Davi, o Salvador que é Cristo, o Senhor” (Lc 2,10-11). 

             Meus amados no Senhor clérigos, irmãos e irmãs e filhos fiéis da Igreja Ortodoxa Russa fora da Rússia! 
      Não há ninguém na terra que pudesse ficar alheio à alegria e que não a buscasse ansiosamente. Não existe, porém, alegria terrena alguma capaz de satisfazer o ser humano. E, além do mais, toda alegria terrena é passageira e quase sempre acaba em dor e sofrimento. O que a uns contenta, a outros entristece. No entanto existe uma alegria que não é assim - é a alegria espiritual! Mas onde encontrá-la? Onde é possível adquiri-la? Em Deus nosso Senhor se encontra, a alegria no Espírito Santo e a felicidade plena! 
          Na noite de Natal, os anjos desceram do céu e anunciaram aos pastores de Belém uma grande alegria que, através deles, se propagou por toda a humanidade. E que alegria foi essa? "Que hoje nasceu para vós, na cidade de Davi, o Salvador que é Cristo, o Senhor". Foi assim que, da pobre Belém, surgiu a verdadeira alegria para todo o mundo: o Nascimento de Cristo! 
       Mas, para que Cristo Jesus desceu do céu? "Para nos conduzir ao céu!" Pelo pecado, a humanidade perdeu o paraíso. Cristo, pela Sua Encarnação, Cruz e Ressurreição nos dá de presente o céu! “A fim de que sejamos herdeiros da vida eterna, segundo a esperança” (Tito,3,7) “Para que por Êle tenhamos a vida” (1 João,4,9). 
         O Profeta Isaías, setecentos anos antes, profetizou o milagroso nascimento: "Eis que a virgem conceberá e dará à luz um filho e lhe dará o nome de Emanuel",o que quer dizer: "Deus é conosco!” (Isa.7,14/ Mat.1,23). “ Sabei, povos, e dobrai-vos, porque Deus (é)está conosco!" (Isa.8,9). Este cântico entoado na Grande Vigília é uma das partes principais do Ofício Divino desta festa. Os versos deste cântico celebram o triunfo do Reino do Cristo Messias, declarando que os poderes hostis ao Reino do Messias, embora às vezes pareçam aterrorizadores, não hão de se manter de pé no dia da manifestação do juízo divino. Em seus dias, o Profeta Isaías anunciou a vinda do Emanuel somente à casa de Davi. Hoje não há nenhum lugar no mundo, onde o Senhor Jesus Cristo e a Sua segunda vinda não tenham sido anunciados.  
         Naquele tempo, a casa de Davi desprezou as palavras do Profeta e não abandonou os planos de aliança com os povos pagãos, não aceitando, inclusive, o Messias – Jesus Cristo, o Salvador. Hoje, muitos dos que se dizem pertencer à casa de Deus, os cristãos e até mesmo muitos membros do clero, em sua mais alta hierarquia, e a maioria dos governos do mundo, imitando os apóstatas e os idólatras, alheios à vida divina, celebram banquetes e acordos em nome do inimigo de Deus e do antigo destruidor do gênero humano. As Leis de Deus são vilipendiadas e o pecado se tornou virtude! Sem temer o juízo de Deus, confiantes no "amor que tudo perdoa" entregam-se às diversões nos lugares onde se desrespeita a lei de Deus, e onde blasfemar não é nenhum crime. 
         Naquele tempo, os adoradores das estrelas vieram adorar Nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo; hoje, pessoas batizadas em Seu nome participam indiferentemente de atos e banquetes condenáveis com os portadores da estrela de cinco pontas, símbolo da hostilidade contra Nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo. 
      "Ouvi, com toda atenção, até os confins da terra - porque Deus está conosco. Poderosos do mundo, dobrai-vos - porque Deus está conosco. Não temeremos o que temeis; não nos perturbaremos - porque Deus está conosco. Nele ponho sempre minha esperança, Êle me salvará - porque Deus está conosco!"(Vigília natalina) 
       Nestes dias santificados, transportemo-nos em espírito até Belém; meditemos com toda humildade no amor de Deus à humanidade, procuremos entender o poder absoluto das Sagradas Escrituras e com a fé pura de uma criança, com amor ardente, com o coração puro glorifiquemos a Cristo, e a paz de Deus e a alegria no Espírito Santo reinarão em nossos corações! 
       A todos vós, amados clérigos, irmãos e irmãs e filhos espirituais, felicito, desejando um alegre e Feliz Natal e próspero Ano Novo. 
                                                                          Pela Graça de Deus,  Humildemente, 
                                                                                              + Gregor 
                                                                            Bispo de São Paulo e América do Sul 
                                                                                   Natal 25.12.2017/07.01.2018

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