First of all, may God give eternal peace to our martyrs, who dedicated their irreplaceable and precious lives so that we can celebrate our spiritual and national feasts in unity and happiness. May God also grant strength and fortitude to our Defence forces active in patrolling and nation building duties. May God grant His mercy to those suffering at hospitals, holy wells and homes.
We glorify the Most-Holy and All-Merciful God, that we are again deemed worthy this year to celebrate the festive day of Christmas, the feast of the pre-eternal Son and Word of God’s Incarnation “for us and for our salvation.”
1. The Feast of Nativity is a feast of gratitude
The feast of Nativity, which was foretold by the prophets, was unique because it is the day that removed the dark veil of sin that separated us from looking at the face of God and listening the choir of the heavenly hosts for 5500 years. “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.”Isa. 9:2. “The angel of the Lord came upon the shepherds .. .. .. said unto them, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” And the shepherds came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they sang with the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Therefore this day is a day of gratitude, as we sing together with the angels and the shepherds the greater doxology.
2. The feast of Nativity is a communal feast
On this day, the communion between angels and sons of Adam was revealed. As Saint Paul the apostle said in his epistle “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”1st Cor. 1:10 we have to be of one mind and one heart so that God may be pleased, and our Church and country benefit from the good things that we do.
Dear Christians, I call on you to offer our services as much as we can so that this God given, blessed country of ours will maintain its unity and love in preserving the covenant of our forefathers and the pledge of our martyrs, in building a just and prosperous nation which preserves its rich heritage.
3. The Feast of Nativity is a feast of aiding the needy
As Saint Paul the apostle admonished us saying “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality” Rom, 12:9-13, it is commanded by our God to feed the hungry, to cloth the naked, comfort the sick and the sad. If we do this, then we are called the sons of God.
Finally, I wish the Government of the State of Eritrea and its people a blessed feast of Nativity and New Year. I call on everyone to transmit the marks of our Eritrean identity which is our unity, love, cooperation and culture, which are heritages that we have acquired from our forefathers, to our posterity.
I again wish you a blessed Feast of the Nativity. May the New Year be of Peace and respite.
May the Lord Bless our church and country, Amen.