Christmas Greetings from Bishop Bill

December 23, 2015

Love delights in finding ways to express the message of Christmas. It may be retelling of the
simple facts reported by Saint Matthew and Saint Luke or the brilliant expressions of preachers
and theologians. Each age has delighted in retelling the story and adding its own distinctive and
devotional application.

Artists, poets and musicians of every age add their tribute to the Christ-Child. The Immanuel of
Isaiah has become the Incarnate Son of God, a living force in history, a real presence in the
Eucharist and in His Church.

But for all that more than 2,000 years have produced, the mystery of the Incarnation still calls us
forward and the next 2,000 years will not exhaust the mystery. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Angels,
shepherds and wise men will continue to capture the imaginations of generations to come.

The world which sought to destroy the fact of Christmas in ages past with persecution, hatred and
indifference, now threatens it in our own age. The world will not win for Jesus has overcome the
world. No assault by the enemies of Christ will destroy the truth that The Word became flesh and
now dwells among us.

Let us hear again the message of the angel: “Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of
great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior,
which is Christ the Lord.”

Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year filled with joy, confidence and hope.

The Rt. Rev. William H. Ilgenfritz

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