Trinity Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church in Castine, Maine, offering services Sunday mornings at 9

Weekly Message from Rev. Beck, 2023

December 22, 2023

Dear Friends in Christ,

“Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel, Shall come to thee, O Israel” is the familiar refrain from the Advent hymn, Veni Emmanuel. The hymn counts down the last days of Advent, each verse beginning with “O.” The words known as the “O” antiphons count down to the twelve days of Christmastide: the Feast of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ.

As we countdown these final days of Advent, Veni Emmanuel reminds us of the true nature of the coming Christ:
·     Christ as Emmanuel; God with us.
·     Christ as Wisdom from on high; reflecting God as eternal savant.
·     Christ, as great Lord of might; the coming One we receive in our hearts as sovereign.
·     Christ as Branch of Jesse’s stem; the coming One descended from the line of Jesse King David’s father.
·     Key of David, the coming Christ unlocks the lock of salvation available to all who follow in his ways.
·     Christ as bright and Morning Star, who shines the brightness of God’s light into the darkness of our lives.
·     Christ as King of nations, who comes, justly reigning overall when the age of God’s reconciling justice gives way to the current age.

Veni Emmanuel reminds us of the true nature of the coming. Remembering Christ’s nature reminds us of our true nature as people of God’s light. We celebrate this mysterious gift every Christmastide.

John the evangelist proclaims, we celebrate light shining in the face of uncomprehending darkness. As the sun sets on December 24, I look forward to celebrating this sacred mystery with you, fulfilling these words from the sage, Isaiah. The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; for those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.

May we continue to grow as God’s people, shining the light of Christ no matter how dark or bright. I pray this will be so with you.
Blessed Christmas, everyone!


We continue to pray for the Lewiston community:
God of peace, we remember all those who have died in incidents of mass
gun violence in this nation’s public and private spaces, and this week in
Lewiston. Let light perpetual shine upon them.
All those who have died in any incident of gun violence.
Give to the departed eternal rest. Let light perpetual shine upon them.
For survivors of gun violence. Grant them comfort and healing.
Hear us, Lord.
For those who have lost loved ones to gun violence. Grant them peace.
Hear us, Lord.
For those first responders who care for victims of gun violence.
Protect and strengthen them.
Hear us, Lord.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

(Source: Bishops Against Gun Violence)

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