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ME avavewpévn, Aoimov, THY aimodokia pas ao Eavadodpe tov Koop pé ayarn Kai EurtoToovN, LE NOPOVT Kai dveKtKdrTA, LE otogyt Kai EvBovaACHS. iow an’ 6Aa abta, KevyTQIA ddvayin Od elvat NAVA H PeBawenta Sut «yevvH}ON ful maLdiov véov, 6 Nps aid@vwv Ode». AvTE 1H B6Ea Kai 16 KQKTOC zig TOUS aid@vac. Apnv! Atarrugos TQ6¢ AdtOv edxémS bo Avereatias Limad ereodiad tuavy fo ee OAvorgadiag UTKAL OL XPIZTOYTENNA 2018 GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AUSTRALIA CHRISTMAS ENCYCLICAL 2018 STYLIANOS. By God’s Mercy Archbishop of Australia To all Clergy and the faithful of our Archdiocese Brother concelebrants and children in the Lord, “Christ is born, glorify Him!” Thus we have been chanting for centuries every year in our Churches. But it seems that we have not yet sufficiently understood-the kind of unprecedented truth of our Faith that we proclaim with this our triumphant song. If one morning we took to the streets and shouted “the world is on fire, wake up!", surely we would cause a general alarm. Yet, on the contrary, the call “Christ is born” does not impress us any longer, nor does it surprise us. It is as if it is a wish that we say almost instinctively, like the greeting “good morning”. And itis as if it is about a dim mythological remembrance, not to say ~even worse- that it is about a “conventional lie”! And yet this message, which comes out of the depths of Orthodox worship and life, constitutes the most exciting message ever heard in the world. We will not be able to understand the theological validity and the world-saving significance of “Christ is born” if we think that here we are simply being informed of the birth of a certain God. In any case, even Antiquity had spoken about “theogonies” and “theophanies” more than sufficiently. The key to understanding the amazing truth of “Christ is born” is found not so much in the announcement of the birth, as it is in the manner in which this announcement was formulated. It does not tell us that “Christ was born”, nor that “Christ will be born”. It tells us that “Christ is born’. What is the meaning of this strange present tense? It simply means that Christ, “the Son of the Living God”, is not a past event that is gone, nor a future that is unattainable. God is “present everywhere and fills all things” . God is present here and today, in the every here and in the every day. From the moment that God became man, in the face of every person we can see the God-Man. Because if God was united with human nature “without confusion” in order to preclude every idolatry, yet he was united “without division” precluding every abomination