(DF) Patriarch Neophyte Blesses Bulgarians for Christmas
December 25 (BTA) - "In these days and months of new grave trials which we share with the whole world and all of humanity, we are again overcome with the unique joy and hope which are shining today with the Nativity in the Flesh of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ," Patriarch Neophyte and the metropolitans of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church said in a Christmas message on Friday. They said: "We live in a world full of pain and suffering which is torn by internecine struggle and contradictions every day and is getting breathless with despair as it drifts willfully away from its loving Creator." The Synod gave the following quote from the Bible: "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another" (John 13:35). "May the light rising today with the Nativity of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ shine upon all loyal children of our Orthodox Church at home and abroad, and may His peace be with us all!" the Synod said. Patriarch Neophyte blessed the Bulgarians for Christmas during a holy liturgy at Sofia's St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral on Friday. During the liturgy, special prayers were read out on behalf of the Church for deliverance of the Bulgarian people from the COVID-19 pandemic and for protection of the faithful. President Rumen Radev, National Assembly Chair Tsveta Karayancheva and Prime Minister Boyko Borissov extended Christmas greetings to the nation in Facebook posts. RY/VE // 26 Декември 2020, 08:00
Източник: BTA Free News
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