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College of Bishops urges support and prayers for the people of Newtown, CT

Dec 15, 2012

Remembrance

The Christmas Story of our blessed Lord's Holy Nativity is beautiful and powerful, but always the shadow of the Cross is upon the stable in Bethlehem. So too, as in these last few weeks before Christmas, with our minds so full of family, friends and children, the dark shadow of a world awaiting the return of our Saviour falls across our lives. We are reminded that even "in the midst of life, we are in death" (The Book of Common Prayer).

Our hearts and our prayers are with all the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, both the departed and those who remain with us today.  We cannot begin to think how much pain the parents, families and wider community must be feeling, and though words of comfort at this time are difficult to find, we believe that comfort will come.  In the great day when Jesus Christ shall return in His Glorious Majesty, he "shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away" (Revelation Chapter 21, verse 4).

Until then, we share in their sorrow, and call on our members, and all the faithful brethren in Christ, to remember the people of Newtown, Connecticut at the altar, and in their devotions this week.  May God grant them comfort, strength, and peace.

The College of Bishops, Anglican Catholic Church

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