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Patriarch Kirill sends Christmas greetings to Pope

CWNews.com - Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill has sent his Christmas greetings to Pope Benedict XVI. The Russian prelate’s message—also sent to other Christian leaders—said: “Under conditions of modern civilization, when many people lose spiritual and moral compass, the Star of Bethlehem is still showing the way to the Lord to all who seek light of the Divine Truth.”

The Russian Orthodox Church, which adheres to the old Julian calendar, will celebrate the Nativity on January 7.

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Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead!

My soul, O my soul, rise up! Why are you sleeping? The end draws near, and soon you will be troubled. Watch, then, that Christ your God may spare you, for He is everywhere present and fills all things.

From the Great Canon of Andrew of Crete

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

BROTHER: What is purity of soul?

OLD MAN: Remoteness from anger and from the error of the remembrance of evil things, and being weaned from the bitter nature, and reconciliation with our enemies, and peace which is beyond troubling, and simplicity of love which is above this world; with these things is the inner man cleansed, and he puts on Christ and is redeemed.


E. A. Wallis Budge, "The Paradise of the Holy Fathers"
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