2 January 2022, on the Sunday before the Nativity of the Lord, Metropolitan Vladimir of Chisinau and all Moldova officiated the Divine Liturgy in the central Cathedral.
Praying with the arch-pastor in the holy shrine were archpriest Vadim Cheibas, Cathedral Dean and Metropolitan Secretary, together with the clergy of the Metropolitan Cathedral.
Numerous church-goers united their prayers with the clergy, thanking God for all mercy and asking the Creator for blessings in the coming year.
The liturgical community bent their knees in prayer to the Merciful Lord in anticipation of the miracle at the crib of Betlehem. In these remaining several days before the Nativity of the Lord, the praying community asked God for strength in fasting and spiritual contemplation.
Archpriest Fiodor Tihon addressed the message of pastoral guidance, with the blessing of Metropolitan Vladimir, speaking about the significance of these several days before Christmas.
The last Sunday before the Nativity of the Lord is dedicated to the commemoration of Holy Fathers – all descendants of Prophet and Patriarch Abraham who formed the genealogy of Lord Jesus. The succession of names presented in this Sunday Gospel Reading (Matthew 1: 1-25) witnesses that Jesus Christ is not only incarnate God, but a true Man, born among people, in order to take all sins of the humanity. He is not an illusion or a spiritual ideal, but God who became human, in order to help the humanity restore the image and likeness of God.
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