January 7, 2018 – Eastern Orthodox Christian
I would like to take the opportunity to wish members of the Eastern Orthodox Christian Community a Merry Christmas.
In the Orthodox tradition, a forty day fast occurs before the Nativity of our Lord. The faithful abstain from foods derived from animals on Wednesdays and Fridays. On Sundays, the faithful honour the old Covenant between God and Abraham and the Covenant between God and those who believe in Christ.
I hope your fast has blessed you and your family abundantly both spiritually and physically. May this holy season be filled with joy, peace, happiness and love.
Toronto is a proud multicultural city that embraces a wide variety of cultures and faiths. Our city flourishes because of the diversity of people who have chosen to make Toronto their home. It is important to recognize each and every community that plays a part in enhancing Toronto’s social and cultural landscape.
As the Newcomer’s Advocate with the City of Toronto I strongly believe that we must work to together to promote togetherness. We must Respect our newcomer communities. We must Accept our newcomer communities. We should Celebrate our diversity and Embrace our different cultures and traditions, because we are all part of the human RACE.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.