Today we celebrate another feast which represents God’s humbleness that brings salvation to the human race. Look at the Divine humbleness that the Creator of the Universe shows! The gentle God was not ashamed to clothe Himself in our fallen body! He was not ashamed of the circumcision of the flesh either, because as “the Creator of the law He fulfilled the law.” The Lord being humble took upon Himself a corruptive body. He humbled Himself, to the extent of being born as a feeble baby. He humbled Himself as to be born in a cave with animals and in a foreign land. He diminished Himself allowing an old man to carry Him in his hands, although He is the One Who is surrounded by hosts of angels in heavens. He humbled himself to the level of being wrapped in diapers, although He is the One Who sits on the Throne of fire and Whom even the Cherubs and the Seraphim must not see. He humbled himself, taking a carnal circumcision just like the sinners, although He is the One who came to destroy sin by immersing Himself in His most precious Blood. And He was circumcised on the eighth day of His birth, thus symbolising the day of eternity, the day of eternal joy in the next life.
A night vigil and a Divine St. Basil’s Liturgy, officiated by our beloved Elder, Bishop Parthenius, together with the sisters from Rajchica and Prechista Monasteries, celebrated these two great feasts of our Lord and of St. Basil.
May this first day of the New Year be a day of great thanksgiving to our merciful God, who has given us another year in our own lives, a year which, like any other, is a good time for repentance. Let us thank the Triune God Who is gentle and merciful and let’s plead for His forgiveness, of all the shortcomings in our spiritual life, all our sins and disobediences through which we have grieved Him. The New Year has been given to us as another opportunity for sanctification and spiritual growth. Therefore let us strive not to grieve God with our sins or our negligence. Let us ask Christ to enlighten us with His grace, so that we may become better Christians, who are filled with His love and witnesses of His holiness. May we all be blessed in the forthcoming year of our Lord!Bishop Parthenius, Elder and Abbot of the Bigorski Monastery