Beautiful Saints planted by grace in this community, peace be with you.
Today marks the 4th Sunday of Advent and an opportunity to do the final preparations for receiving the Christ Child afresh in our lives. The Anglican Prayer Book pg 68 dedicates the time from 17—23 December as an opportunity to reflect on the Anthems related to Jesus.: O Sapientia (Wisdom), Adonai (Lord of Lords), Radix Jesse (Root of Jesse), Clavis David (Key of David), Oriens (Morning Star), Rex Gentium (King of Nations) and Emmanuel (God with us). If you would like to follow these please click on our website link – www.allsaints.co.za/2020/12/18/advent-anthems/
We focus today on the participation of Mary and Elizabeth in making God’s plan of salvation a reality. Leaving me with the question “How is God inviting me to participate in this salvific mission to the world?” A question I hope you too will ponder in the hours and days ahead. On Thursday we begin our Season of Christmas which will end on 7 January with the Feast of the Epiphany. The focus of the Season is the Incarnation, God taking human form and entering fully into our humanity, fulfilling all the requirements of the Law. In this sense all the celebrations of this Season are connected with the infancy of Jesus, and the observance of all that was required of him and Mary and Joseph under the Jewish Law. May your journey through the Christmas Season be a time of deep renewal of hope in the love and mercy of our Lord and Saviour Jesus the Christ. Please continue to pray for me and be assured that I am praying for you.
With love and light always.
Reverend Dr. Anastasia Huntley