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“The Child” – A Christmas Message from the Primate

December 26, 2012

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In this Holy Season of Christmas we celebrate the nativity of the Christ Child. With the angels we give glory to God. With the shepherds we come to adore him. With the magi we offer our gifts. With all our forbears in the faith we rejoice in His birth.

Even as our eyes are focused on the Child we know that great truth penned by the hymn writer:

Though an infant now we view him,
he shall fill his Father’s throne,
gather all the nations to him;
every knee shall then bow down.

But for these 12 days we do linger around that stable in Bethlehem. As we sing the carol, “Away in a Manger” my eyes always well up as we come to the line, “Bless all the dear children in thy tender care.”

My tears and perhaps yours as well reflect the great love with which we hold our children and grandchildren and the compassion with which we are called to care for so many other children who live with extreme poverty, the ravages of disease and the atrocities of war. I think of the dear children of Sub-Saharan Africa, The Congo, Syria, and Gaza.

As many of you are, I think of those dear children and their teachers who were innocent victims of multiple shootings at Sandy HookSchool in Newtown, Connecticut. I ask that these children and all others who suffer, be remembered in prayer this Christmas.

As with Mary and Joseph we adore the Christ Child; let us love our own children and let us teach them well. Let us so celebrate Christmas that they come to know its true meaning and blessing for us all.

May love and peace be yours this Christmastide.

Fred Hiltz, Archbishop and Primate, Anglican Church of Canada

December 20, 2012

(http://news.anglican.ca/news/stories/2548)

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Last year’s Christmas Reflections can be accessed by clicking on the links below:

“The ‘Real’ War on Christmas? – By Eric Barreto” (December 23, 2011)
https://pastorfergus.wordpress.com/2011/12/23/the-real-war-on-christmas-by-eric-barreto/
 

“The ‘Why’ of Christmas – By Robert P. Heaney” (December 23, 2011)
https://pastorfergus.wordpress.com/2011/12/23/the-why-of-christmas-by-robert-p-heaney/
 

“The Christmas Story of Little Piccola” (December 29, 2011)
https://pastorfergus.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/the-christmas-story-of-little-piccola/
 

“The Greatest Christmas Gift of All” (December 29, 2011)
https://pastorfergus.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/the-greatest-christmas-gift-of-all/
 

“The Cost of Christmas” (December 29, 2011)
https://pastorfergus.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/the-cost-of-christmas/
 

“The Joy of Love Incarnate” (December 29, 2011)
https://pastorfergus.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/the-joy-of-love-incarnate/

“God’s Promise of Presence” (January 5, 2012)
https://pastorfergus.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/gods-promise-of-presence/

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You can access the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2012 Christmas Sermon by clicking here.

You can access a Christmas Reflection by Rick Morley by clicking here.

You can access a Christmas Reflection by Jan Richardson by clicking here.

You are also invited to go to https://docs.google.com/#all, and type in as your email address stpaulscalgary, and as your password God’s Grace, to access to the following four Christmas reflections:
– “0032. Unwrapping God’s Christmas Gift (2007)”
– “0033. Christmas is for Love (2008)”
– “0034. The Gift of the Magi (Simplified Version)”
– “0035. The Night Before Christmas [by a Soldier] (2009).

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Connecticut Town Continues To Mourn Loss Of 26 In School Shooting

The tragic murdering of the children at Newtown Connecticut exemplifies the violence of the darkness in the world, as did the murdering of the Holy Innocents by Herod at Jesus’ birth. The link below contains a prayer we are invited to offer for all God’s children who continue to suffer throughout our broken world:

“A Prayer for All God’s Suffering Children” (December 30, 2011)
https://pastorfergus.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/a-prayer-for-all-gods-suffering-children/

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