Christmas Message 2009

2009-12-11 00:00:00

The Nativity Church bells are ringing along with the glorious chanting of the angels “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men”, and the star of Christmas appears over the Grotto which witnessed this miraculous event, reminding us of God’s greatest gift to humanity, the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ, and the launch of the message of love and peace to the whole world.

In this time of the year, the Nativity Grotto narrates to us the Christmas Story, reflecting the honor that God bestowed upon Bethlehem making it the spiritual Christian capital of the world. Even though, the message of our Lord Jesus Christ is a message of love and peace, Bethlehem and our country Palestine are still living a struggling throe towards achieving freedom, stability and liberty.

In spite of the wall that surrounds Bethlehem and the deterioration of the political and economical situation, the light of Christmas shines in these times again making us more determined to cherish the Christmas message with its spirituality, and lights for us the hope of living liberally and with dignity.

  Our message to the world in this glorious Christmas season is a message of love, peace and justice, asking the Grotto's child to renew in our soles the spirit of hope and determination, returning on us next year with a season of peace, liberty and independence

Merry Christmas to you all, and a Blessed Happy New Year

                  Dr.Victor Batarseh

Mayor of Bethlehem

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