BY THE GRACE OF GOD
BISHOP OF THE METROPOLITANATE OF
AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
SPIRITUAL PROTECTOR OF THE ORDER OF THE EAGLE OF GEORGIA
AND THE SEAMLESS TUNIC OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
Esteemed Sovereign Head and Grand Master,
Your Royal Highness Prince Davit,
Head of the most august Georgian Royal House of Bagrationi-Mukhran,
together all the Members of the Order in Australia and New Zealand:
GOD’S PEACE — CHRIST IS BORN!
Christ is born – glorify Him!
Christ is from Heaven – receive Him!
Christ is on earth – be exalted!
Sing to the Lord all the earth!
(St Gregory the Theologian)
Celebrating the Birth of Christ according to the flesh, and repeating those same all joyous and wondrous words of Saint Gregory the Theologian, we hear the words of life which throughout the ages invite us to hasten and encounter Him, who came down from heaven. Those same words invite us to open our hearts! Be exalted with Him, who for us took on our human body. Christ is born let all the earth, sing! Let the people sing and rejoice, for unto us Almighty God is born as a little child!
Truly, the Almighty Word of God became incarnate and seeks incarnation in all areas of our lives: in family and community, in city and town, in all the land and on every continent, to free us from the bondage of the spiritual danger of enslavement and suffering that burdens all humanity, keeping this, our world in a lifeless spasm of fear and indifference. In order to enable this, the Almighty came down from heaven and allowed Himself to be held in the warm embrace of His gentle Mother. He invites us now into that community of His love wherein faith is indeed, trust without which neither man nor any society can exist.
And what can each of us do in order to meet Him? We must do the same as the Wise Men who followed the Star of Bethlehem and the shepherds who hearkened unto the singing of the Angels; however not as Herod, who intended to destroy him, and those, in the likeness of his might, the mindless of this world. The Divine Child invites us to stand upright supported by faith, faith which is today, as ever, a challenge, the challenge of trust. The greater the trust, the more real a personal relationship is with Christ, and the greater and broader is our heart which leads to trust in our families and communities and everything that is human in the world.
With prayerful regards that the Lord will grant all of us a blessed New Year of the Lord, a new epoch of common love and peace in Christ, We invoke upon the Royal Georgian House of Bagrationi Mukhran with our Sovereign Head and Grand Master, His Royal Highness Prince Davit Bagrationi Mukhran Batonishvili of Georgia, Duke of Lasos, Prince of Kakheti, Kartli and Mukhrani, Sovereign Head and Grand Master of the Order of The Eagle of Georgia and The Seamless Tunic of Our Lord Jesus Christ, The Order of Saint Queen Tamar and Order of The Crown of Georgia, and Her Royal Highness Princess Anna Bagration-Gruzinsky Batonishvili of Georgia, together with His Royal Highness Hereditary Prince Giorgi Bagration Bagrationi, and all of you His blessings and love, greeting you on this Great Feast of the Nativity of Christ with the most joyous Christmas salutation:
GOD’S PEACE — CHRIST IS BORN!
TRULY, HE IS BORN!
Given in Sydney at Christmas in the Year 2012.
Bishop of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand
The Serbian Orthodox Church
Spiritual Protector Of The Order of The Eagle of Georgia
and The Seamless Tunic of Our Lord Jesus Christ
in Australia and New Zealand