"May the people who lived in the darkness of ignorance
see the great light of clear knowledge. The old state that sin brought
about has come to an end now all is new. The letter ("The model
of the laws of Moses") withdraws, the spirit prevails, the shadows leave
quickly, as the truth arrives..
This is what we celebrate today the coming of God towards
mankind, so that we may come closer to - speak better with - return to God, so
that we may now clothe the new man, as we have aborted the previous man.
The fall of Adam into sin resulted in mankind becoming mortal,
with Jesus coming as man we shall live forever. With Christ we are now born,
put to the cross, and buried only to rise once again.
Therefore we should not celebrate with festivals, but in a
manner that is worthy of God, not in a manner that is worthy of man.
We should not celebrate in a manner pursuant to our interests, but celebrate in a manner that belongs
and is worthy of God. Celebrating in a manner
that does not lead to illness but rather leads to healing. In such we
should celebrate in a manner that is beneficial to our spiritual life and
our salvation, not in a manner which is beneficial to our present
-Taken from St. Gregory's - 38th speech.
Origins of Christmas · An article that
explains the origins of Christmas, and gives information on Greek Christmas.