“He whose reign is unshakeable is reigning today and forevermore. The barren woman bears the Theotokos, the nourisher of our life.” – From Matins for the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos

Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord,

A bright spot of these last six months for me has been the wonderful news of new births in our community, expecting mothers and upcoming baptisms! A new addition to any family brings incomparable joy and life to any family and church community. The Lord’s miracles are “innumerable” as St. John of Kronstadt says, and none are quite like a new life in the family. 

Birth is celebrated in our holy Orthodox Church, to be sure, but only in the case of two saints of our church are their formal feast days: St. John the Baptist, and the Theotokos (Christians celebrated the day a believer died and thus was joined to the Kingdom, rather than the day they were born in this life). The feasts of both are modeled after the feasts of the Lord, and we celebrate their nativities. 

The Theotokos was a miraculous birth, and thus worthy of celebration! Like Abraham and Sarah, Sts. Joachim and Anna were advanced in years and seemingly unable to have children, until an angel appeared to them and informed them of their joy which was to come. By God’s grace, the miracle they experienced eventually led to their becoming grandparents of the Messiah, Christ! 

As we celebrate this beautiful feast, let us remember that all children are special and to be celebrated, and that with God, truly, “all things are possible.”  (Matthew 19:26)

Stay safe! And stay strong! God bless!

With love in Christ,
Father Niko Bekris