Christmas Message from the Patriarch of Antioch
By The Grace of God
IGNATIUS ZAKKA I IWAS
Patriarch of Antioch and All the East
Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church
Prophet Malachi prophesied: "For you who revere my name the Sun of
Righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings." (Malachi 4:2).
This prophecy was fulfilled nearly four hundred years later when our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ God-Incarnate, was born at Bethlehem.
All Christians the world over celebrate the Nativity of our Lord
Jesus Christ as the 'Feast of Christmas.'
Christmas is the time for
spiritual rejoicing and glorifying God. But unfortunately, there is
now much unhappiness in the world. Injustice and unrighteousness
are present in many parts of the world. Lack of belief in God is on
the increase. People and nations are failing to understand God's
love for them. So they are becoming more self-centered than God-
centered. And naturally, there is no peace, but unrest all over the
All human efforts to establish lasting peace are proving to
be in vain. Only God can bring lasting peace and joy. St. John the
Apostle testifies: "For God so loved the world that He gave unto the
world His Only-begotten Son that whoever believe in Him shall not
perish, but have eternal life" (St. John 3:16). We must realize this
love of God for us and love Him in return. We must repent and
believe in His Only-begotten Son, Lord Jesus Christ and accept Him
as our Lord and Savior. We must entrust ourselves completely into
the hand of our Lord Jesus Christ as His blessed mother. St. Mary
submitted herself completely to the will of God. We must allow Him
to guide us in the paths of righteousness. And then, as Prophet
Jeremiah said, "He shall reign as King and deal wisely, and shall
execute justice and righteousness in the land" (Jeremiah 23:5).
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ wipe off all injustice,
unrighteousness and suffering and grant us all lasting peace and
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We
extend our Apostolic Blessings to you. May the grace of God be with
December 6, 2005
Source: SOCM Forum
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