Open Invitation to Hierarchs, Priests, Deacons, Monastics,

Laymen, Laywomen, and Young People

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth. We have beheld His glory, glory as of the Only-Begotten Son from the Father.

During this season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving in preparation for the Nativity of our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ, we invite you to share with our readers around the world your reflections on the incarnation of God in human flesh.

We seek theological, inspirational, spiritually edifying pieces of no more than 1000 words that have not been published elsewhere. You might take your inspiration from the Old and New Testaments, from the liturgical texts for the Nativity, from patristic tradition, or from iconography.

What does it mean for us that God has become man? How does this affect the way that I am called to live—to relate to my own self, to my fellow human beings, to the saints and angels of heaven, to the whole created cosmos, to our triune God?

Send your essay as a Word document to Include a brief bio at the end of your manuscript or in the body of your email.

If you are between the ages of 13 and 15 inclusive, your parent or legal guardian must send your submission for you, along with his or her permission for us to publish it. If you are between the ages of 16 and 18 inclusive, you may communicate with us directly.

We will be pleased to consider reflections from Christian authors who belong to ecclesial communities other than the Orthodox Church.

Depending on the level of response, we hope to publish several contributions to “On the Incarnation” throughout the duration of the Nativity Fast.

Check the On the Incarnation section often in our Archives by Author to see what we have published to date.

See here for Feeding the Homeless on Christmas 2018.