In his Christmas message this year, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel recalls that ‘humanity facing the new coronavirus is going through a difficult period as regards human life and health.’ That is why we need ‘much prayer, solidarity and brotherly help.’
Patriarch Daniel highlights that ‘the light of the Infant Jesus born in Bethlehem calls us to always show around us, in word and deed, signs of hope, peace and joy.’
Message of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel on the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord and New Year 2021: full text
The feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ is, first of all, a celebration of God’s humble and generous love for the world. It is the celebration of the merciful love of God’s eternal Son, who humbled Himself by becoming a mortal man to raise humans from sin and death, giving them life and eternal glory.
The light of the Infant Jesus born in Bethlehem calls us to always show around us, in word and deed, signs of hope, peace and joy.
In the context of today’s pandemic, humanity facing the new coronavirus is going through a difficult period as regards human life and health. Romanian people are also bereaved and saddened because many Romanians have died and others have suffered until they have been cured of this disease.
Therefore, there is a great need for much prayer, solidarity and brotherly help. Let us also remember in our prayers all the Romanians who are among foreigners, around the borders of Romania or in the Romanian diaspora, to preserve, with much fraternal love, the unity of faith and nation.
On the occasion of the Holy Feast of the Nativity of the Lord, the New Year 2021 and the Epiphany of the Lord, we convey to you all paternal blessings, wishes for good health and salvation, peace and joy, happiness and much help from God in all good deeds, along with the traditional greeting: Happy New Year!
Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church
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