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2009 Nativity Greetings from Bishop THOMAS

Beloved in Christ,

“Today is born of the Virgin Him Who holdest all creation in the hollow of His hand.  He Whose essence is untouchable is wrapped in swaddling clothes as a babe.  The God Who from of old established the heavens lieth in a manger.  He Who showered the people with manna in the wilderness feedeth on milk from the breasts.  And the bridegroom of the Church calleth the Magi.  And the Son of the Virgin accepteth gifts from them.  We worship Thy Nativity, O Christ.“

On behalf of myself and the entire Diocese of Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic, we wish you a blessed Nativity Fast and a glorious Feast of the Holy Nativity of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ. 

During this holy season, let us dedicate ourselves to loving one another and praying for one another in a spirit of humility, joy, and peace as our Lord has called us to do.

May God grant you many years. 

Yours in Christ,





Rt. Rev. Bishop THOMAS
Bishop of Charleston/Oakland and Assistant to the Metropolitan