Greetings with the Feast of the Nativity according to the Flesh of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ!
On this joyous and grace-filled day, when we celebrate the Incarnation of God, we would like to share some inspiring words from our local Serbian Saint, the newly canonized St. Sebastian Dabovich of San Francisco and Jackson, from his “Address on Christmas Day” (published 1899):
“Since we today magnify Christ, the Giver of life, Who now was born in the flesh for our sake of the unwedded and most pure Virgin Mary, we may most appropriately, as duty bound, consider the worth of our celebration. When we hear the teaching of Him who today was a little child seeking shelter with the cattle and sheep, and remember that He said, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life,’ and also, ‘The truth will make you free,’ we are impressed with the exalted character of Him Whose mission it was and is to gather all mankind into the one fold of the Only Shepherd. And our Lord says that the truth will save us. We must study the truth to the full measure of our competency, and know our Lord Jesus Christ the Savior. We must use our God-given intellect and discern true doctrine from falsehood….
“The Church is the treasure house of God upon earth. I offer these precious gems to you, hoping you will take them away to your homes, safely guarded in a grateful heart, and earnestly ponder over them, seeking God in prayer accompanied by a pure life. For only then we may enter into the true spirit of this celebration and rightly comprehend the hymn we sing: ‘Christ is born! Ye faithful, glorify Christ from the heavens! Oh, come to greet Him! Christ upon the earth, be ye lifted on high! Sing to the Lord, all the earth! And in gladness praise him. O ye nations, for He hath been glorified!’ Amen.”
(Illustration: Icon of St. Sebastian of San Francisco and Jackson, painted at the St. Herman Monastery Icon Studio.)