Presiding Bishop’s Christmas Message 2013

Mensaje de Navidad del 2013 de la Obispa Presidente

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Note: The following message is presented in English and Spanish

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop’s Christmas Message 2013

“May that royal inheritance and authority of the stable be born in you, enliven your heart, and rest on your shoulders.”

[December 12, 2013] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, in her Christmas Message 2013 prays: “May you discover that humble authority born again on the edges of the world’s notice. May that royal inheritance and authority of the stable be born in you, enliven your heart, and rest on your shoulders.”

The following is the Presiding Bishop’s message:

Christmas message 2013

For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.    Isaiah 9:6

Isaiah pronounces these words to a people who remember the yoke of slavery laid on their shoulders.  They’ve been waiting for this child, whose birth transforms that yoke into a mantle of authority.  They are promised that this authority will continue to grow as the peaceable commonwealth is established – with justice and righteousness for all, and for ever.

This promise is spoken anew to people in every age, to those who have lived under oppression or in dark depression, to the hungry and ill and imprisoned.  The birth we celebrate offers hope, in Word made flesh, who comes among us to heal and walk this way with us.  The mantle of authority on his shoulders begins in the swaddling clothes of a child born in the humblest of circumstances.  Yet that authority is recognized even by foreigners from far away.  That mantle of authority does continue to grow, through a life offered for others, raised into new life, and passed on to new generations of fleshly God-bearers.  Wherever justice and righteousness is done, that authority is growing, borne on the shoulders of the Prince of Peace.

He comes again, bearing the grace of the One whose image he wears in flesh.  Seek him, sing his new song, declare his glory, and tell out the good news to all the nations:  God reigns, and he is coming bearing righteousness and truth on his shoulders.

May you discover that humble authority born again on the edges of the world’s notice.  May that royal inheritance and authority of the stable be born in you, enliven your heart, and rest on your shoulders.  Bear it abroad in peace, this year and throughout the ages.

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church


Mensaje de Navidad del 2013 de la Obispa Presidente de la  Iglesia Episcopal

“Que la herencia real y dominio del estable nazca en usted, alegre su corazón, y permanezca sobre sus hombros”.

[12 de diciembre de 2013] La Obispa Presidente de la Iglesia Episcopal Katharine Jefferts Schori, en su Mensaje de Navidad del 2013 ora para: “Que usted descubra ese dominio humilde nacido de nuevo en los bordes de la conciencia del mundo. Que esa herencia real y dominio del estable, nazca en usted, alegre su corazón, y permanezca sobre sus hombros”.

A continuación el mensaje de la Obispa Presidente:

Mensaje de Navidad del 2013

Porque un niño nos es nacido, un hijo nos es dado, y el dominio estará sobre su hombro. Se llamará su nombre: Admirable Consejero, Dios Fuerte, Padre Eterno, Príncipe de Paz. Isaías 09:06

Isaías pronuncia estas palabras a un pueblo que recuerda el yugo de la esclavitud en sus hombros. Han estado esperando por este niño, cuyo nacimiento transforma ese yugo en un manto de autoridad. Se les promete que esta autoridad seguirá creciendo a medida que se establece un reino de paz – con justicia y rectitud para todos y para siempre.

Esta promesa es hablada de nuevo a la gente de todas las edades, a aquellos que han vivido bajo la opresión o en la depresión oscura, a los hambrientos y enfermos y encarcelados. El nacimiento que celebramos ofrece esperanza en la Palabra hecha carne, que viene entre nosotros para sanar y recorrer este camino con nosotros. El manto del dominio sobre sus hombros comienza en los pañales de un niño nacido en la más humilde de las circunstancias. Sin embargo, ese dominio es reconocido incluso por los extranjeros que vienen de lejos. Ese manto de la autoridad sigue creciendo, a través de una vida ofrecida para los demás, planteadas en una nueva vida, y se transmite a las nuevas generaciones portadora de la carne de Dios. Dondequiera que se haga justicia y rectitud, ese dominio está creciendo, llevada en hombros del Príncipe de la Paz.

Él viene otra vez, teniendo la gracia de Aquel cuya imagen Él lleva en carne. Búscalo, canta su nueva canción, declara su gloria, y habla de la buena nueva a todas las naciones: Dios reina, y Él viene trayendo  justicia y la verdad sobre sus hombros.

“Que usted descubra ese dominio humilde nacido de nuevo en los bordes de la conciencia del mundo. Que esa herencia real y dominio del estable, nazca en usted, alegre su corazón, y permanezca sobre sus hombros”. Llévela afuera en paz, este año y a lo largo de los siglos.

Reverendísima Katharine Jefferts Schori
Obispa Presidente y Primada
La Iglesia Episcopal

Comments

  1. Anthony Parker says:
  2. Where is the article “the” with Word ? Is commonwealth equal to Kingdom? The Baptist’s ,message is that the “Kingdom has come near.” John’s prologue tells of The Word. R H Lewis

  3. Julian Malakar says:

    “The birth we celebrate offers hope, in Word made flesh, who comes among us to heal and walk this way with us.”- Presiding Bishop and Primate

    The name of the Word, Who became a man, and reconciled us (as a sinner) with Holy One is nobody else other than our Lord Jesus Christ to Whom every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to glory of God the Father. Philippians 2: 9 – 11.
    Merry Christmas to all !

  4. Stewart David Wigdor says:

    Once upon a time there was sin in all of earth
    In the midst the Son of God for Virgin Mary gave birth
    Jesus to put us all in our Heavenly Father’s Perfect Heart
    Peace on earth Good will to all
    Prayer of every soul now answered
    Crowned Savior Christ the Lord From all God’s Splendor
    in a simple manger is found
    Peace on earth Good will to all
    Jesus to place us in our Heavenly Father’s Arms Pure
    A Morning Star led all the Angel of the Lord told all
    Via wise men of the East and shepherds in the field
    so Heaven and earth rejoices forever more
    So Heaven and earth rejoices forever more.
    Merry Christmas all!

  5. “On the edges of the world’s notice”, there is now a WALL surrounding Bethlehem. Surely Episopalians will have something to say about it.

  6. Wonderful, thrilling words! Thanks so much, and Blessed Days!

  7. John C. Kimbrough says:

    Mankind’s ability to listen, understand, rejoice in and practice God’s words and teachings as put forth in The Holy Bible is built on and around the fact that this wisdom is already within our hearts. Messages such as this one and those of others can enlighten and liberate us further. We are all thankful for the gift of life and the grace of God……………….

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