PARISH LIFE NOTES
CHRIST IS BORN! GLORIFY HIM!
TODAY AT ST. MARY’S: 10.30 a.m. Morning Prayer, with Carols of Christmas and Sermon. Beth preaching.
AUDIO RECORDING of the full service and sermon will be available on the parish website.
DONATIONS for 2020 by cheque or e-transfer need to be received in the church office by December 31. Christmas thank offering to the Rector may be made either by e –transfer or using the yellow church envelope.
A WORD FROM THE FATHERS: AS FIRE COMES TO BE IN IRON. (Part 1)
How did the splendor come to us all by means of one? How can divinity come to be in flesh? As fire comes to be in iron: not by a change of place, but by a sharing of itself. For fire does not go out of itself and into the iron; rather, while remaining in its place, it shares its own power with the iron. It is in no way diminished when it shares itself, and the whole of it fills whatever shares in it. So it is in this way that God the Word did not move out of Himself when the Word became flesh. Heaven was not deprived of what it contained, and earth received the heavenly one within it’s own embraces. Do not suppose that the divinity fell. For it did not move from one place to another as bodies do. Do not imagine that the divinity was altered when it was transferred into flesh. For the immortal is immutable.
On the Holy Birth of Christ, St. Basil of Caesaria, (A.D. 329-379)