The angels proclaim, “Peace on earth, goodwill towards men!” Winter’s cold stillness and long darkness bring on a meditative mood. With this mood, let us enter the First Day of Christmas Advent. Fasting is a spiritual preparation that readies the body, soul and deep heart for the reception of the feast. And in the feast we are transformed. This is the hallmark and pattern of the whole of the Orthodox spiritual life. Our attention in the Nativity fast is properly directed towards our own lives. We refrain from certain foods and increase our prayers. We increase our giving and remembrance of the poor. We strain ourselves towards union with Christ in all things. And all of this so that at the great feast of His Nativity, He might be mystically born in us, in His humility, finding a welcome and kindred home. I am so lucky that I am rich with friends like you. This makes celebrating Christmas more meaningful!
Sharing the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting 2017 and White House Christmas Decorations Photographs with you. We can, once again, safely wish each other “Merry Christmas”! Merry Christmas my most beloved friends and families!