Christmas Message

December 25, 2012 • Christmas Day

Dean’s Christmas Message

The Very Rev. Gary Hall, Cathedral Dean

As we approach the end of a turbulent year, Christmas reminds us that certain eternal truths abide. Peace will prevail over enmity; hope will prevail over fear; love will prevail over hate. Peace, hope, and love are the values and virtues that the Gospel proclaims and enacts. The liturgy and music of Christmas remind us, yet again, of who we are and what we both stand and hope for as followers of the One born in Bethlehem.

I hope you have been able to be in church—either here at Washington National Cathedral or in another place—to be reminded of the depth and power of God’s love for us at Christmas. When Christians talk of the Incarnation—the “enfleshment”—of God in us, we mean that we now know the ongoing, abiding presence of God in and among and with us. As turbulent as our years and days may be, there is nothing, finally, that can separate us from the divine love and joy incarnate in Jesus and in us.

As the most visible sign of God’s presence in the nation’s capital, Washington National Cathedral stands as a symbol of the holiness and preciousness of all people and all creation in this place where important decisions are made. Please pray for us as we pray for you, that all of us may take the grace and truth of God’s love for us made known at Christmas into the new year and beyond, and that the faith we share may be translated into blessing and hope for a hurting world.

Merry Christmas to all from the Dean, Chapter, and Staff of Washington National Cathedral.