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"For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." (Rm 14, 17)

Dear brothers and sisters,

The Nativity of Jesus Christ is not just an ancient event that does not touch us. It is a message that is directed towards every one of us in a unique and personal way. The Saviour is born for everybody.

At a time when instability, confusion, wars and terror shock the world, Christ offers himself as the only stability and solution. We know, of course, that we live both the joy that He has brought and at the same time the misery of the world. The life on earth is a continual tension between suffering and glory. Only hope can lead us into the fullness of glory, which is the Kingdom of God.

But to have hope, we must learn to know Jesus by living with Him, sometimes even maybe by defying Him. That is how our eyes will be opened and we shall see that it is the same hope that comes from the cave of Bethlehem and embraces all the world, a hope that never disappoints us. Our hope is with Christ who is in the places that are His Father’s, so that we may love Him, who has loved us so much.

Metropolitan STEPHANOS of Tallinn and all Estonia

Such is finally the gift of this wonderful secret, the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. It is the mystery of mutual trust and the sacrifice of Him who leads us into the merciful love, joy and glory of His Father.

In the coming New Year, let us learn to listen every day more and more our Heavenly Father and thus also our brothers and sisters, who need someone to listen them in the world troubled by the tempest of distress and poverty.

 

+ Stephanos,
Metropolitan of Tallinn and All Estonia

Tallinn, Nativity of Our Lord 2017

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Let God arise, and his enemies be scattered.
                        Ps 68:2

               
Christ is risen!

               
The great and holy Pascha is come. As the spring opens what has been hidden and waiting during the winter, so the joy of resurrection that is already hidden in the divine services of Lent and the Passion Week has now burst into bloom.
Even as Christians, we are living among the concerns and problems of this world, a world turning more and more unstable and ominous. Add to this the illnesses and concerns we have in our body and mind. But we know that suffering and death will not have the last word. Jesus Christ, the God-man rose to life from the depth of Hades, conquering death and bridging the gap between the Creator and men. So the new life effloresced.
And in the midst of the hardships and threats of this life we know that this hope cannot be taken from us, that this joy is with us forever.
“Now all things have been filled with light,“ we sing today. In this paschal joy we approach another joyful event: the Great and Holy Council that will gather this summer after long preparations. This, however, is a great responsibility for us. It matters not only what we have to say to our own people, but what we have to say to all the world. Have we got a comprehensible message to the non-orthodox as well as to the people who are just seeking God?
               
                In the joy of the Resurrection let me congratulate you and wish you a bright Eastertime, health, strength and success.

               
In our risen Lord,

+ Stephanos,
Metropolitan of Tallinn and All Estonia

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