On Christmas Eve

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Dear Friends of Saint Dumitru Monastery,   
On Christmas Eve our thought goes to all who were close to us this past year through prayer, through good thoughts and wishes, through gifts and labor. We thank you! We are grateful for your love and support!
And because it’s Christmas, we would like to share with you two pearls from the hymns that the Church addresses these days to the incarnate Son of God – Christ-Messiah: 
“Thou wast registered according to the edict of Caesar, desiring to enter man in the book of life, O King of all; and in strange manner Thou didst come unto Thine own summoning to heaven him who had grievously been exiled from paradise.”
“Christ cometh to His own in strange manner. Let us estrange ourselves from sin and receive Him Who maketh His abode in the souls of the meek.” 
Our monastery’s liturgical schedule for this period is posted on our site. In particular, we would like to invite you to our monastery’s third patron feast, on Saturday, January 1, and to the Christmas carols concert that our youth from ROYA will hold after the Liturgy, on Sunday, January 2. 
Also, upon the invitation of His Grace Nikolai of Manhattan, together with the youth from ROYA and all who wish to attend, on Sunday, January 2, 5pm we will serve and Akathist before the Kursk Icon of the Mother of God at the ROCOR cathedral in New York City (75 East 93rd Street). We invite all of you to participate at this prayer to the Mother of God for the blessing of the new year. 
We announce the publication of our monastery September-October bulletin (its English version will be available soon on our website).
May our Savior, Who is born, find a place in our hearts. And may it happen that these, our hearts, share on the rich grace of the feasts of the Nativity and the Baptism of our Lord and preserve the fragrance of this grace throughout the year.
In Christ, our Lord and Savior,
Protosinghel Ieremia
Abbot of Saint Dumitru Monastery