The baptism to which Jesus submitted during the ministry of John the Baptizer was not the sacrament of baptism. The sacrament of baptism is believed to have been instituted by Jesus after his resurrection. Only from the death and resurrection of Jesus do our seven sacraments receive the power to do what they symbolize.
This year, Christmas almost got away from me. By that I mean I didn’t put out the crèche in a timely manner. The tree barely went up before the children came home for a few days.
People came from near and far throughout the diocese to meet Bishop Edward K. Braxton at his residence Dec. 20 at his annual Christmas reception.
Jesus of Nazareth is the reason why we are gathered here this afternoon, on the first Sunday of Advent. Jesus of Nazareth asks our strife-torn world, our polarized nation, our far-flung Diocese, our Gallatin County, our new parish, and all of us to make a place in the cold stable of our hearts for the Prince of Peace to be born anew at Christmastide.
The Messenger invited young people in every parish to write a Prayer for Christmas. The first three entries were selected as exemplary among their classmates. Then other notable prayers were added. More will be on the Messenger web site: bellevillemessenger.org Following are some of the prayers we received.