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The Birth of Christ the Savior

In Orthodoxy, the "dismissal hymn," or Apolytikion, closes the sunset evening prayer of Vespers.

I have presented below a translation of this hymn, that we sing in Greek, to express to our English readers the beauty of its verse.

“Your Birth, Christ our God,
Rose to the world as the light of knowledge.
For at it, those worshipping the stars,
Taught by a star to worship You,
As the Sun of Righteousness,
And to know You are the dawn from on high.
Lord, glory to You!”

I embroidered this card to honour the Birth of Jesus Christ by honouring the Son of God who had come to the world to teach love to our neighbor and was crucified for us. I would like to inform you that this picture was in my house of years.

Georgios Karatzaferis, President of the “Laos” Party once attended the holy service at the Metropolitan Church of Moscow in the presence of Patriarch Cyril of Moscow and other hierarchs.

The film coverage portrayed the icons of saints and I noticed a picture of the Nativity in the Metropolitan Church. I subsequently felt led to make an embroidery of the scene.

Also, I was very impressed by the speech of the Patriarch of Russia to Mr. Karatzaferis in favour of the Orthodox Church of Greece and of the Greeks.

In return, I will give this card as a present to Patriarch Cyril of Russia honouring our friend country that will host the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.