For centuries, Christmas has been one the most important holidays of our nation. At the beginning of the year, when day and light overcome night and darkness, it is symbolic to celebrate birth of Jesus Christ. For He said: "I am the light of the world. The one following Me shall not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life".
Having come to our world, Christ gave us hope - even for the victory over death, hope for the victory over evil. Hope for justice, which is crucially important for Ukraine in times of tough challenges of our country.
But Christmas is also a huge heritage of purely Ukrainian traditions. The soul of Ukrainian people speaks via our carols and dens. In these truly sincere folk texts we glorify the Newborn and wish each other happiness.
The mistery of birth of Jesus Christ is a great miracle for us. It proves that good will always overcome evil. Eastern King Herod failed no matter how hard he tried!
We will certainly win, as Apostle Paul commanded us: "Having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation!".
I wish everyone family warmth and comfort, blessing of the Christmas star and delicious kutia.
I express special congratulations to Ukrainian warriors who defend our Homeland today. Just as the Church defends us spiritually from the skies, our heroic troops defend us on earth.
I ask little Jesus to provide great changes for the better to our Ukraine! To the entire Ukraine and to every Ukrainian.
Christ is Born!