A very merry Christmas to you all and a reassurance that I haven’t actually fallen off the edge of the world.
The second of my Advent reflections for Love Blooms Bright was posted this morning:
And they said: That wasn’t the end of the story. And it is because that wasn’t the end of the story that we gather and we tell it again and again and again. The most ancient and the newest of stories. An old tale and a living Gospel.
If you should be in Glasgow today and looking for somewhere to share in the telling of that story, there are four services at St Mary’s Cathedral in the next 24 hours and all are welcome at all of them. We are having a crib service at 4pm (bring a torch), a service of Nine Lessons and Carols at 6.30pm, Midnight Mass beginning at 11.15pm, and a Choral Eucharist at 10.30am tomorrow morning. There will be a warm welcome, stunning music, words old and new, and all the holy razzmatazz of the day.
I hope that whoever you are and wherever you are, with special prayers for the staff and patients and families for whom that will be in hospital, you have a peaceful and joyous Christmas.
EDIT: Note that the Crib Service is 4pm, not 4.30pm as previously stated.