Your Nativity, O Christ our God, has shone to the world the Light of wisdom! For by it, those who worshipped the stars, were taught by a Star to adore You, the Sun of Righteousness, and to know You, the Orient from on High. O Lord, glory to You!
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I have learned a great deal in this time with you all, and we have grown together.As I leave, I ask forgiveness where I have failed you; I give thanks for all you have given me; I assure you of my love and prayers. These words come from the Franciscan farewell prayers, when a brother leaves a community (.docx version), and resonate deeply on my heart as I prepare to leave your community. Where I have fallen short, I ask your forgiveness, and where I have grown as a minister of the Gospel I give you thanks. I hope you have been as blessed as I have in this journey we have shared.
Our 9pm Christmas Even service will be my last service at Saint Giles. I will continue to hold you all in my prayers and ask for your prayers as I begin this new journey. I hope to see you at the Christmas Eve service!
“I thank my God, every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel. And this is my prayer, that love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ we may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1. 3, 4, 9
With love, always,