Let your Word dwell richly in our hearts our God, to bring us light and life, and love for your son, Jesus Christ, through whom we pray. Amen. So, are you ready? You know what time of year it is. They say that Christmas is for children. I am not sure about that, in fact, I would disagree. Advent is definitely for adults. And this is the first day of Advent. It is the first day of the church year, so happy new year. I am going to spend a little bit of time talking about these traditions and so forth, but then to get to what advent is trying to point us to, which is the Gospel.
How can we pray this prayer of all prayers, here in Paris, the day after? O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth: deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP) Yes, Jesus did command us: “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” “Love your enemies and do good to those who hate you.” (Matt. 5:44; Luke 6:27). Really?
The installation of the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry as the 27th presiding bishop and primate of The Episcopal Church was undeniably a global and interreligious celebration with the Anglican Communion and the world’s Abrahamic faiths well represented. Six primates and several other Anglican leaders traveled to Washington National Cathedral for the Nov. 1 service that marked the official start of Curry’s nine-year term as presiding bishop and primate. Among the regions and countries represented were Brazil, Canada, England, Hong Kong, Korea, Middle East, Nigeria, Philippines, Southern Africa, West Africa, and the West Indies.The Rev. Christine Hardman, bishop of Newcastle designate, Church of England, attended as the representative of Lambeth Palace, the London residence of Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.