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Living God's Love...

.is an invitation to journey

It's an opportunity to discover new things about God, ourselves and the world, to look with fresh eyes and explore new ways.

In particular, it is a call to the parishes, schools and people of the Diocese of St Albans to Go Deeper into God,Transform Communities and Make New Disciples.

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November has been a time of remembering and looking back. The spectacular Poppy Fall, created from poppies knitted or crocheted by members of the Church and town, is a poignant reminder of All Saints' and All Souls' Days, Nostalgia and Remembrance Days, as well as of the centenary of the Armistice and the end of the Great War. The poppies formed a scarlet cascade across the Memorial Altar during the season of Remembrance and will be there to aid our reflection, commemoration and prayers next year.

Now the month of December and the season of Advent call us to look forward, first to the Second Coming of Christ and to the Day of Judgement and then, by a strange reversal of perspective, to the yearly remembrance of the First Coming Of Christ at Christmas. The idea of judgement is not always popular, but it is necessary if humankind is to retain a sense of responsibility for justice and righteousness, the care of the environment and the maintenance of peace. Of all the attributes of the Christ Child which we will be hearing and singing about at Christmas, the most important is `Prince of Peace'; and peace is at the heart of the song of the angels.

Still, peace on earth remains an aspiration and a hope. The aftermath to the Armistice and the stories of the martyrdom of Stephen and the massacre of innocent children in Bethlehem, which follow immediately from the story of the Nativity, serve as reminders. So does the Feast of the Circumcision of Christ, which falls on New Year's Day, right in the middle of the Twelve Days of Christmas, as a reminder of the full humanity of Jesus. On this day, our Saviour's blood was shed for the first, but not the last, time, for us and for our salvation.'  Fun and feasting return for Twelfth Night and Epiphany, but all in all this is a time of mixed emotions giving us the opportunity to rejoice with those who rejoice and to weep with those who weep.

This is appropriate as we celebrate at Christmas the coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ as a baby, who will experience all the pleasures and pains that we experience in our life on earth.

All of us at Great St Mary's wish you a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

Frances ARNOLD


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