Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates the Feast of the Nativity on the old calendar!
I wish you joy and peace.
Here is a news report from Moscow:
Thy Nativity, O Christ our God,
hath shone forth the light of knowledge upon the world;
for therein those who worship the stars
have been taught by a star
to worship Thee, the Son of righteousness,
and to know Thee, the Dayspring from on high.
O Lord, glory be to Thee.
Today the Virgin giveth birth
to the Transcendent One,
and the earth offereth a cave
to the unapproachable One.
Angels with shepherds give glory;
the Magi journey with the star.
For our sakes a young Child is born,
Who is preeternal God!