There is a story about a great holy war. There was a battle between the angels and a dragon, and the dragon was slain.
It is a glorious thing always when St Michael and all his angels come down to Great Western Road.
Today, we gathered people from all corners of the Anglican Communion, even Edinburgh, around one table. We welcomed three brand new small people into our community. We celebrated Nigerian Independence Day. Amid a great cloud of smoke and a blast of music, we ordained a young and faithful soul into the diaconate. There was a real live dragon too.
But the dragon was slain.
And when all the noise and joy and razzmatazz had died down, we looked back through the darkened church and there she still was.
A reminder that good is stronger than evil.
That love is more powerful than hate.
That light can never be defeated by darkness.
And that so long as there are people who have the courage to fight by their side, the angels will always win.