Christ is born – ولد ألمسيـح
GLORIFY HIM! – فمجد وه
I greet you and your loved ones with the joy that filled the universe on the night our Lord was born, “Do not be afraid,” said the angel to the shepherd. “I bring great tidings of joy to you tonight; for in the city of David, a Savior is born, our Emanuel,” which means God is with us.
This Christmas will be unlike any other year. Many families will not be reunited due to the corona pandemic, but keep in mind that Christmas is more than a Christmas tree and gifts. Christmas is YOU. For God, Who loves us, became man so you and I will live the calling of God in our daily lives.
Remember, you are the manger where Jesus was born, not only on Christmas Eve, but every day for the rest of your life. You are the only icon of the Nativity. The world has forgotten that Christmas is the season of hope and our hope centers on Christ. The whole world is looking for hope.
I understand that many are tired and worn out by the pandemic. We have loved ones contracting the coronavirus. Many families are grieving over the death of a loved one and for these reasons, many of us are filled with anxiety and stress.
If we are to remain in Christ, we are to exchange the greeting of this Holy day—Christ is born. We are to glorify Him. He is here on earth. Do not forget to receive Him. He came from heaven to raise you up on an eagle’s wing and invite you to the celebration.
Nouhad and I, our children and grandchildren celebrate 49 years with you and for that we are forever grateful; for gratitude is the song of the heart. We also thank you for your generous response to the needs of the church during this pandemic.
On behalf of Fr. Jim and Audrey, the clergy, the Parish Council, Elie Akel, Chairman, and all church organizations, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Yours in His Service,
Fr. George and Nouhad Shalhoub
PS: If you are able, please join us for Christmas Eve Liturgy beginning at 8:00pm.
Please watch the Hymn of the Nativity in English and Arabic, sung by Fr. George Shalhoub and Fr. Chris Holwey.