3rd day of Christmas 2015

“Here we are, for a fifth year now, celebrating the Feast of the Nativity as bombs are raining down. I do not know how many of you have lived through such a depressing and sad experience, but I can assure you it is painful these beautiful days, so ardently awaited each year, amidst shortages and lack of security, or electricity and, to top things off, cut off from the rest of the world by a strict and very tight boycott. It gives me still more reason to step out from these confines, if only for a few moments, to draw in some fresh and pleasant air in writing you these words from the heart, invested with all the affection I have for you!

“May Almighty God have pity on all of us and cause friendship to reign among men, mercy in our hearts and peace among all the peoples on earth.”

Christmas letter of Melkite Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo, Syria