The primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church
His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine
To the archpastors, pastors, monastics, and all faithful children
of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church
Christ is born! Glorify Him!
I warmly congratulate you all, God-loving archpastors and pastors, pious monks and nuns, dear brothers and sisters, with the great and joyous Feast of the Nativity in the flesh of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ.
In these sacred days, all the fullness of our holy Ukrainian Orthodox Church raises humble prayers, recalling and glorifying the incomprehensible Divine love and thanking God that He descended to earth and took human nature upon Himself in order to save us. St. Gregory of Neocaesarea says that God the Ancient of Days became a babe to make us children of God; He Who is seated in glory in Heaven lies for our sake in the manger of dumb beasts; the passionless, bodiless, boundless One is wrapped in swaddling clothes to break the bonds of sin that bound mankind.