7 January 2019/25 December 2018
Throughout Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, etc., more than 450 MILLION God loving, Christ centered Orthodox Christians will celebrate the Holy Nativity, the birth of Our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ!
Today, to commemorate the Birth of Our Lord, I celebrated the Divine and Holy Liturgy of St John Chrysostom at Union Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio for the repose of our dear son, Thomas, who passed away at Christmas in 2015, for all the Faithful Departed who are asleep in the Lord, for my precious family, for my brothers & sisters in the APC Holy Synod - Apostolic Orthodox Church of Russia and for all our dear friendd.
Let us remember that the ways of God transcend time and space, that the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem remains the "new birth" for all of His creation. And let us never forget that the joy and peace we witness during this Christmas season is nothing compared to the joy and happiness, the peace and unconditional love, that awaits us in Heaven!
Our love on this day and every day is for Almighty God to shower you with His Choicest of Blessings!
From our family to yours, all our prayers for a Very Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year 2019!
Rt Rev Michael, Presbytera Sophia and Family
Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God - Our Lady of Soufanieh
New Albany, Ohio USA