As we await the Nativity of the Divine Light, we at St Michael’s wish you a blessed Advent Season.

Advent is a time of anticipation, but also an opportunity to look back on the year. This year has certainly had its share of challenges, and not everyone has weathered the storms as well as we might wish. Speaking personally, I’ve lost a number of close friends and family this year, and during this time in the dark of the year, their memory is especially poignant. Take time to remember, and to pray for all those who are still facing their own unique battles and struggles in this transformed world.

But do not dwell too much on the past, but look forward to the brightness of the coming Light. The time of awaiting the birth of the word made flesh should indeed be a time of celebration, of joining together with friends and family, and delight in those too often hidden traces of divinity in the world. Follow the true light, which leads us to that life in which we may find ourselves face-to-face with the profundity of the divine life.

Have a blessed Advent, and a Happy Christmas. I remain

yours before the Sacred Flame

+William Mar Thomas
Primate for the United States of America, AJC