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HH Pope Tawadros II, 2016 English Christmas Papal Message
The Papal Encyclical for the Glorious Feast of Nativity 2016
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God, Amen.
Happy New Year and Merry Christmas. I congratulate you for the glorious birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Celebrating Christmas as celebrated by the whole world on December 25th is extended through the beginning of the calendar year and then celebrated by us according to the Eastern Coptic calendar on January 7th. Christmas is a renewal of our joy and happiness. In the story of Christmas, we see many events and figures but I would like to point out two events.
The wise men came from a distant land, followed the star until they came to Bethlehem, worshipped the baby, and then offered their gifts. This was the end of their trip. On the opposite end, the shepherds saw the angel who gave them the good news. They came to the manger and saw the baby Jesus with His mother, and this was the beginning of their trip. One group was the end, and the other group was the beginning. The beginning of joy was accomplished by the name of “Emmanuel, God is with us.” That is why we became glad. In a few words I would like to meditate with you about one of the main objectives of the Birth of Christ, that is, giving joy to mankind. All details and figures of the story are provided to give happiness and joy. We praise with the angels saying: "Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth, and goodwill toward men!" (Luke 2:14). The phrase “goodwill toward men” means happiness and joy to mankind. Our Lord Jesus Christ came to give joy to every heart. The question now is: What are the elements of giving joy? Let me talk with you about the elements of joy.
Incarnation Of the Logos
“On the Incarnation” - By Saint Athanasius
For the solitary of mankind is such that, by virtue of the Logos’indwelling in a single human body, the corruption which goes with death has lost its power over all. You know how it is when a great king enters a large city and dwells in one of its houses. Because of his dwelling in that single house, the whole city is honoured and enemies and robbers cease to bother it. Even so is it with the King of us all. He has come into our country and dwelt in one body amidst the many. In consequence, the enemy’s plans against mankind have been foiled and the corruption of death, which formerly held them in its power, has simply ceased to be. For the human race would have completely perished if the Lord and Saviour of us all, the Son of God, had not come among us to put an end to death.
Behold I Make All Things New
Behold I Make All Things New
As we welcome the New Year (2016) we rejoice in the words of Christ, “Behold I make all things new.” (Revelation 21:5).
1 A New Year …… A New Heart
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26)
2 A New Year …… A New Commandment
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” (John 13:34)