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Christmas Day (Year B)
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My Dear Friends,
Merry Christmas! There are many holidays within the
calendar year, and also many celebrations within the Churches
year. However, Christmas is unlike any other holiday or festive
celebration. Our environment seems to sparkle with the many and
varied colours, and our hearts vibrate with the festive sounds.
And yet, for me the distinctiveness of Christmas is not in the
sights and sounds; there is just a certain magical wonder in the
atmosphere. It is at this time that the very air we breathe seem
pregnant with enormous possibilities. One begins to feel as if
As we contemplate that two thousand years ago this very Power unveiled Himself in a manger in Bethlehem, we can only say like Mary, "How can this be?" How can this really happen? We cannot honestly understand or begin to answer how this really happened. We are assured of why it happened, and that is "For Love!" The unceasing and persistent love of God bursts into our everyday experiences and achieves something that we are unable to grasp.
But how do we respond to this steadfast love of God? Are we like the shepherds who listen with interest to the "Good News" and then go to see for themselves the reality of what was told to them? Or are we like Herod who sent others to investigate rather than go himself? In addition he did not have any intention of being touched and transformed by a vision of the Christ-child. Are we like that? Could it be that we are like the numerous persons in Bethlehem at the time who were not even aware that anything special was happening?
My prayer for us is that we actually hear and respond to the Good News. May we seek earnestly for a vision of Christ in our world today; and may we be among those who go and share the news with others.
I am extremely grateful to those who responded to the Gift Day
On your behalf, I wish to express our deep appreciation to Mrs. Andrea Chin See who replaced Mrs. Elsie Aarons as Administrative Officer in our church office during October and November of this year. We are delighted to welcome Miss Kirby Clarke who has been appointed to this position with effect from lst December
Today we extend a welcome to all our visitors and to our overseas
members who are visiting with us at this time. Special welcome
to the Rev. Major Dr. Sirrano Kitson, our Celebrant at the First
Mass of Christmas. May the blessings of hope, peace and joy be
in our hearts and homes throughout this Christmas Season.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The First Christmas Day
Long , long ago in a land far away,
Helen Steiner Rice.
During this week, you are invited to join in the following celebrations of Holy Eucharist:
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