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Christmas is for children
Saint Aidan Orthodox Church, Cranbrook, is pleased to welcome Fr. Andrew Applegate and his wife Sonia to our community. Fr. Andrew is from Calgary and prior to becoming a priest worked for Canmark, a roofing company. He and his wife have one son and two grandchildren who live in Colorado Springs.
In the rush of preparing for the Christmas holidays, we hear often that Christmas is just for children. In a recently published book Meditations for Advent: Preparing for Christ’s birth, Fr. Vassilios Papavassiliow, writes; “Every year as Christmas approaches, we hear a great deal made about the meaning of Christmas, in a society that persistently is trying to shake off its Christian identity. During such a debate about the meaning of Christmas, one particular comment struck me, Christmas is a feast for children. Although the person who made this comment intended for it to be taken in a negative sense, I found surprised though to be agreeing with him. Christ said become as little children. What do children have that we adults are missing. First of all they have a capacity for wonder and innocent joy, which in adults is tainted by sinfulness and cynicism. Secondly they are capable of complete trust that ends up being choked by the thorns of adulthood and thirdly they possess absolute humility. These childlike characteristics of wonder, joy, faith and humility should be our response to the nativity. Christ comes to be born not in a haughty palace decked with jewels and precious stones but a humble manger. So too He will not enter the hearts of the proud but only in those who are humble and poor in spirit. Christmas is indeed a feast for children. Only when we become as children will we be able to truly rejoice in the wonder of Christmas, the eternal and almighty God coming to us as a defenceless and vulnerable baby. It is the mystery by which we should be humbled. It is the strange wonder in which we should rejoice as children do.”
Saint Aidan’s parish invites you to join us in celebrating Christ Jesus’s birthday with joy and wonder. Nativity services are planned for December 24th, including a Candlelight Carol Sing and Nativity Readings at 11 p.m. and a Midnight Divine Liturgy Service.