Archpastoral Greetings at the Nativity of Christ
Archpastoral Epistle of His Grace, Bishop ALEXIS for the 2020 celebration of the Great Feast of Nativity in the flesh of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ
Prot. No. 1
To the Honorable Clergy, Venerable Monastics, and Pious Faithful of the Sacred and God-protected Diocese of Sitka and Alaska:
Dear Christ-loving flock, beloved of our Lord,
Christ is Born! Glorify Him!
Христос рождается! Славьте его!
Kristusaaq Yuurtuq! Nanrarciu!
This Christmas night, Christ bestowed peace on the whole world, so let no one threaten another. This is the night of the most-gentle One, so let no one be cruel. This is the night of the humble One, so let no one be proud. Today is a day of joy, so let us not seek revenge. Today is a day of good will, so let us not be mean. Today is a day of peace, so let us not be conquered by anger. Today He who is rich became poor for our sakes, so let us invite those in need to our table. Today we receive such a Gift without asking for it, so let us give alms to those who ask for our help. This present day opens wide heaven’s gates to our prayers, so let us open our door to those who ask our forgiveness.
Beloved, with peaceful hearts, let us celebrate Christ’s Nativity by being kind to everyone with whom we come in contact. Let us look upon the greatness of Christ’s humility, meekness, and love in the way He chose to be born for us and to be born for them. It is only right that we be humble, meek, and loving in our brothers’ presence and in our sisters’ presence. Our Lord has given us everything. Of us, He only asks, “My son, [my daughter], give me thine heart.” May we all give Him our hearts this Christmas.
In closing, I also would also like to thank you for the gift and blessing of being able to be your shepherd at this time. I pray that God richly bless your homes on the sacred feast of our Lord’s Nativity in the flesh. And I also humbly ask that you also remember me in your precious prayers.
With fatherly love in our Christ, born as a little child for our salvation,
+ALEXIS, Bishop of Bethesda
Locum Tenens of the Diocese of Sitka & Alaska