President of the Parliament of Montenegro Mr Aleksa Bečić extended a message ahead of Christmas Day and Christmas:
“On the occasion of the most joyous Christmas holiday, on behalf of the Parliament of Montenegro and on my own behalf, I would like to wish a happy Christmas Day and Christmas to all believers who observe Christmas according to the Julian calendar.
The celebration of Christmas Day and Christmas is the best manner to confirm all its values that we, in our civic society, see as aspirations worth fighting for and in which we wish to persevere - peace, love, multi-religious and multinational harmony, solidarity and neighbourly unity.
The symbolism of one of the greatest Christian holidays brings us even more forms of togetherness: unity in expecting the better day which is supposed to come and in expecting the better version of ourselves that the holiday itself will make us; unity in the joy for the holiday that celebrates the birth; and unity in sadness and feeling of emptiness because, due to the circumstances that we majorly were not able to influence, we will not spend it with those with whom we traditionally celebrate.
Wishing you to spend this holiday in love, in family peace, in forgiveness, in remembering family members who are far away, and who were unable to come and spend the holidays with you this year as well, in remembering your neighbours, friends and acquaintances, in remembering every man, I would like once more to cordially wish a merry Christmas to all Orthodox believers.”