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Abba Seraphim’s Christmas Message


During the Divine Liturgy for the Eve of the Nativity Feast, which Abba Seraphim celebrated at St. Alban & St. Athanasius British Orthodox Church in Chatham, he addressed the issue of the secularisation  of Christmas. However, he believed it is important for Christians to emphasise the fact that they are not simply celebrating the Lord’s birthday – although “words cannot express the joy of new life” – but the incarnation of the Logos, the second person of the Holy Trinity, the Theanthropos, “begotten of His father before all ages”, for which St. John’s Gospel and the Nicene Creed jointly provide profound insight.