“Beloved brothers and sisters!
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” are the words of St. John the Evangelist, which we say very often in the Angel of the Lord prayer. It is about the divine Word, the Logos, the Son of God, who is of one essence with the Father and who is connected to Him in the unity of the Holy Spirit. This Word, which is from the ages and according to which everything that lives and exists was created, became flesh and dwelt among us. God took human nature and became one of us in order to be close to us and to bind us even closer to himself, after we had drifted away from him through our fault. The immortal God took human nature, took the form of a servant, to make us his sons and daughters, who were the servants of sin and for which we were given over to death. It is essential to have genuine faith in the Savior of humanity. Faith is the unwavering trust in the things we hope for, the conviction in things unseen. Faith involves accepting God’s testimony; He neither desires nor will betray us because God is true and holy. Those who believe place unconditional hope in God.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!
Jesus is born!
The Bishop of Skopje and Strumica-Skopje Exarch Kiro Stojanov