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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Date: December 23, 2020

The holidays are upon us. This strange COVID year is slowly coming to an end. Christmas plans are harder to make: large family gatherings have been canceled; for many, Midnight Mass will not be available; instead, we will celebrate in smaller and more intimate gatherings, and many of us will “just stay at home.” The Seminary will be closed. I will take a break and enjoy some time with my wife, Lesley. Our plans to travel to England were canceled a long time ago, so we receive – as a gift – a quiet, less hectic Christmas. The Seminary is a diverse community. Please let me honor all the different ways in which we will mark this holiday. And for the Christians in our community, although the celebration might be different, the truth of the celebration is unchanged. We still trust and believe that in this babe in a manager is the very presence of God for humanity. We marvel afresh at the vulnerability of God in this season. And we bow our heads and pray: thank you Lord Jesus for your presence among us. The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President

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