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  • Christmas Season comes to an end:

    Posted on January 8, 2018

    This year with Christmas Day on a Monday, parishes have experienced several busy weekends during the Christmas Season. In actual fact the Christmas Season is a banquet of a great variety of feasts, each with its own theme and each stemming from the Christmas event itself. This year, in two days, Sunday, January 7th and 8th, we celebrated both the Solemnity of the Epiphany and the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord (the last day of the Season). On the one hand we reflected on the fact that the humble circumstances of Christ’s birth lead us to all the world because this Child is Saviour of the world - the Magi represent the nations, called to adore the Lord. On the Feast of the Baptism we deepen this reflection by recalling that before Jesus’ public ministry, the Father bore witness to his Divine Son at the Jordan River as this Son was anointed in the Holy Spirit and sent forth on his saving mission. As we leave the Christmas Season we, of course do not leave our Baptism! Our own anointing in the Holy Spirit takes on special significance this year during the second year of our Synod where we focus on our Discipleship - we are Established, Anointed and Sent in Christ! The photo here is of the Manger at St. Patrick’s Parish in Maple Ridge, BC.

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