On this day, the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ, we have been enjoined by our holy and God-bearing Fathers to commemorate all those who from the beginning of time were well-pleasing to God, from Adam to Joseph the Betrothed of the Most Holy Theotokos, according to the genealogy, as the Evangelist Luke enumerated in historical order; and also the Prophets and Prophetesses...
"The God of love and peace takes on flesh within history, effectively dividing it with a bright boundary line between pre-Christian darkness and Christian light; pre-Christian hatred and Christian love; the pre-Christian atmosphere of the ‘odor of death’ and the Christian hope of the resurrection... Christ’s Birth doesn’t, in and of itself, mean the triumph of love and peace... It is the starting point for a dialogue, an opportunity for us to change in such a way that, if we listen to the divine message and take it to heart, we’ll be radically altered as people. We’ll cease to see others as enemies against whom we have to defend ourselves all the time and, indeed, whom we often have to attack if we’re going to preserve our individual identity. We’ll see them as siblings for whom the Son of God was born, crucified and rose, as He was for us." - Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Professor, New Testament Hermeneutics
By their holy intercessions, O Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us. Amen!