Dec. 18, 2020

For many of us, this will be a Christmas like no other. The restrictions of the pandemic force us to adapt, to let go of certain traditions and customs, to cancel family or fraternal gatherings. But will all this make our Christmas less special? Might we be forced to recognize what is the essence of our celebrations? Whatever our situation, the mystery of the Incarnation will be as real and present. God will bless us as much today as He did two thousand years ago. Every Christmas is an opportunity for our God to reveal to us His Love in His Son Jesus. During this year, marked by suffering, misery, and mourning, may we allow the light of the Prince of Peace to penetrate the depths of our being, our Church, and our world.

In spite of COVID-19, the Christmas celebration will be in the spotlight! It is up to us to welcome the One who presents himself to us as a newborn baby, but who is in reality our Saviour and our God. May the Child God be for you a source of graces and blessings for the New Year.

Marcel Damphousse
Archbishop of Ottawa-Cornwall