Metropolitan Alexander congratulates Orthodox Christians on Christmas

Date: 13:20, 05-01-2015.

Almaty. January 5. KazTAG - The head of the Orthodox Church in Kazakhstan, Metropolitan of Astana and Kazakhstan Alexander has congratulated Orthodox Kazakhstani people on Christmas.
"The good news about arrival of the Creator and Lord  to the world now again fills the whole world. This gospel message gives hope to the Christian heart, awakens creativity, inspiring everyone to serve God and people. (...) Christmas of the Savior helps us to understand the important religious truths of God's presence next to each of us, the possibility of live communication and real union with him, " said Metropolitan Alexander at the press conference on Monday.
He noted  the solemn liturgy will be held on January 6 at 23.00.
"Divine Liturgy of the Christmas takes place at night. The solemn liturgy will take place on January 6 at 23 .00 pm on the eve of the great holiday in Almaty in Ascension Cathedral. Those who will not be present, will be able to pray on Jan. 7 at 9 .00  in the morning ", said the Metropolitan.
According to him, in Astana the solemn service will be headed by the head of the administration of the Orthodox Church in Kazakhstan Bishop Gennady .
In addition, the Metropolitan reminded about the works of mercy.
"The real joy of Christmas is impossible without communication with family and friends. But most importantly - do the works of mercy, please orphans, give alms, it is a very important addition to the spiritual celebration of the holiday, " said the Metropolitan.

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