Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

The Blessed Nativity Fast and Feast

The 18th day of the blessed month of Hathor - The 29th day of the blessed month of Koiahk

In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God, Amen.

"The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you, therefore, also, that the Holy One who is to be born of you will be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:35)

To Whom did the Virgin St. Mary give birth? Did she give birth to the Godhead singularly? Did St. Mary the Mother of God give birth to manhood only? Did she give birth to both God and man? Or did the blessed St. Mary give birth to the Incarnate God?

The reading recommended for the Blessed and Glorious Nativity Feast is "The Nature of The Lord Jesus Christ" a thought provoking book written by His Holiness Pope Shenouda III which explains the ONE NATURE formed of two natures united without mixture, nor mingling, nor confusion...This book written by His Holiness tells us that it is impossible to say that St. Mary gave birth to God alone, because she gave birth to a Child who was seen by everyone. Nor is it right that St. Mary Mother of God gave birth to man of a specifically pure human nature otherwise we revert historically to supporting the heresy of Nestorus.

His Holiness Pope Shenouda's book details the perfect Divinity, the perfect Humanity. His Holiness writes, "The Orthodox Church rightly does not speak of two natures following their being united in the Virgin's womb." This book is the recommended reading book for the Holy Feast of the Nativity season. It answers the previously asked and many other questions for the Orthodox Christian such as what "God with us," (Matthew 1:23) and "for unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given and the government will be upon His shoulder, and His Name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6) means to us all as Orthodox Christians.

May God bless you all during this Holy Season of the Unity of Nature and the Birth of the Lord Jesus Christ,

Bishop Youssef
Bishop, Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

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