Protocol No. 2535
NATIVITY MESSAGE for 2016
“He was made man, that we might be made God”
Beloved Fathers and Brethren; beloved children in the Lord:
The birth of our Lord Jesus Christ in the world, in Bethlehem of Judæa, twenty centuries ago, signalled the Incarnation of God the Word and the manifestation of God upon earth: “God was man- ifested in the flesh” (I St. Timothy 3:16). The Son of God was revealed in the flesh as the Thean- thropos (God-Man), in order to restore us to the Divine life from which we had fallen.