Christmas greetings from the Primate

So you think you can sing?

We can, and we have been!

Throughout Advent, Canadian Anglicans have happily participated in the “Silent Night” Project anchored by Anglican Video. There have been almost 500 submissions from coast to coast to coast and far beyond. A compilation video will be posted on our National Church Website on December 24th.

This much loved carol was penned by Joseph Mohr and set to music for guitar by Franz Gruber in 1818. It gives to Christmas Eve that holiness and calm for which it is still known throughout the world. When the entire cast of characters has found its way into the crèche at The Children’s Pageant, it captures the grace of the moment we celebrate — this great coming of God among us. When the gospel has been proclaimed at the Midnight Eucharist — “and she gave birth to her first born son and wrapped him in bands of cloth and laid him in a manger” (Luke 2:7) — it draws us into adoration of the Christ Child. With Mary (verse 1), the angels and shepherds (verse 2), and all who loved his appearing (verse 3) we rejoice.

“For to us a child is born
to us a son is given
authority rests upon his shoulders
and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Might God
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
(Isaiah 9:2-7)

In the spirit of the adoration and hope to which this beautiful carol calls us, I wish you a Holy and Happy Christmas.

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