Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has forwarded Christmas greetings to the heads of non-Orthodox Churches that celebrate Christmas on December 25, according to the Gregorian calendar.
"I wholeheartedly congratulate you on the radiant feast of the Nativity of Christ. St. Paul said, "God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory". This mystery has filled the universe with great joy with which we are glorifying our Savior," the head of the Russian Orthodox Church was quoted as saying in his message by the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations.
"I wish you strength in your soul and help from the Ever-Flowing Source of all perfection in your noble ministry," Patriarch Kirill said.
Among his addressees are Pope Francis, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos Karekin II of All Armenians, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, chairman of the EKD Council, and heads of other non-Orthodox churches.
Roman Catholics, Protestants and some other Christian Churches celebrate Christmas on December 25. But Orthodox Christians in Jerusalem, Russia, Georgia and Serbia celebrate Christmas on January 7, according to the Julian calendar.
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