Message from the Rector:


A Christmas Letter from Mother Victoria

Dear Friends in Christ,

This will be a Christmas like no other, at the end of a year like no other, in the midst of a time like no other. God is always doing something new. The One we know as our Creator, the Source of all being, the beginning and the ending of everyone and everything, is always on the move. The rabbis point out that God’s ancient Hebrew name, YHWH, is a verb rather than a noun. God is Being itself, in a state of constant becoming. And in Christ we are part of the birthing forth, the great unfolding, the great becoming, of God.

No part of the Christian story is only about Jesus, including Christmas. Like the angel Gabriel, we announce the Good News of God’s love for all. Like John the Baptist, we proclaim the coming of God into the world and we prepare the way for God’s New Creation. Like Mary of Nazareth, we receive the radiant light of God into the depths of our very being. We nurture it, and grow it, and wrap it in flesh in the silent darkness of our lives. And we bring to birth the One who births everyone and everything in creation. And finally, like Jesus the Christ, we live the reality of God’s transformative compassion, co-creating with both Creator and creation as we live God’s Way of faith, hope, and love, drawing everyone and everything along with us to the light and grace of God’s infinite and eternal Love.

No part of the Christian story is only about Jesus. And no birth is only about wonder and joy. Every birth involves pain, and suffering, and fear, and confusion, and tumult, and exhaustion, and even despair. But take heart! Have courage! Be not afraid! The Holy One, Who is already in the midst of us, is being born. Again. Always. And forever.

St. Paul says that we are “stewards (keepers) of the Mysteries of God” (1 Corinthians 4:1). We are also midwives of the Mystery of God. By the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, we have the unfathomable privilege of joining Mary of Nazareth and her son Jesus the Christ in birthing the Mystery of God. Like every birth, it’s hard, and messy, and it always takes much longer than any of us would like. Don’t be afraid! Hang onto hope! In Christ we are part of the great birthing forth, the great unfolding, the great becoming, of God.

This will be a Christmas like no other, at the end of a year like no other, in the midst of a time like no other. God is always doing something new. God is coming into the world … again and again and again! Christ is being born … again and again and again! Oh Come Let Us Adore!

With faith, hope, Love and prayers,



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