Cayman Islands are within the ancient Episcopal Jurisdiction
of The Bishop of London
granted him by the Crown in 1634
St Alban’s (Grand Cayman) & St Mary’s (Cayman Brac)
Church & Office - 461 Shedden Road
P O Box 719, Grand Cayman KY1-1103, CAYMAN ISLANDS
Tel (345) 949 2757
Alban’s Anglican Church
Scripture: Isaiah 52:7-10 Hebrews 1: 1-12 S. John 1: 1-14
9 a.m. Matins; 9.30 a.m. CHRISTMAS EUCHARIST; Sat S. Stephen’s Day:
12.30 p.m. HC.
This Sunday - S. John's Day:
9 a.m. Matins; 9.30 a.m. Holy Eucharist; 6 p.m. Evening Prayer
Almighty God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our
nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin:
Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and
grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our
Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same
Spirit, ever one God, world without end.
Almighty God, we
pray thee to inspire continually Christ’s holy catholic Church,
that is, the whole congregation of faithful people dispersed
throughout the whole earth, and especially for the Church of England
and the Cayman Church;
gracious gift O Lord upon our sovereign Lady, Queen Elizabeth, and
all the royal family; upon the ministers of God’s holy Word and
sacraments; upon the Parliaments, Legislative Assemblies,
Magistrates, Governors and Clergy of Her realms: that all and every
one of them, in their several callings, may serve truly to thy glory,
and the edifying and well governing of thy people.
Direct, O Lord,
all the people of this realm and especially of the Cayman Islands,
that they may live in thy true faith and fear, and in brotherly
charity one to another.
And, that there
may never be wanting a succession of persons duly qualified for thy
service, guide and prosper all schools, colleges and universities;
that therein true religion and sound learning may for ever flourish.
Grant, O Lord,
that by the ministering of the gospel, the poor, the humble and the
forgotten may know that they are at home with thee, that sickness may
be turned into health, and sorrow into joy.
Here we give thee
unfeigned praises for mercies already received; for our creation,
preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for
thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord
Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
We praise thee
for all those who have departed this life in the faith of Christ, and
pray that we may have grace to direct our lives after their good
example; that this life ended, we may be made partakers with them of
the glorious resurrection in the life everlasting.
All these our
prayers and praises we humbly offer to Thee our heavenly Father
through Jesus Christ our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen
FAITH IN FOCUS: A
HOLE IN ETERNITY
Christmas is like
no other day. It’s different because it’s special. Special, of
course, because it is the day of the Lord’s birth. Special because
it allows us to take part in a sacred mystery, in the unfolding of
God’s plan for the world.
In a real sense
Christmas is much more than any other weary day in the grinding
passing of time. In a real way eternity, timelessness, enters into
time. The Christmas feast punches a hole into eternity, lets
heaven’s time mingle with ours and allows us to savour the reality
of God’s taking human form. Our 21st century becomes caught up and
sanctified in God’s eternity.
For there never has
been a time when God did not love you and me, even before we were
born. God’s love, made manifest in Bethlehem, is eternal. It is
part of the very divine nature, and is constant and unchanging. It
transcends the boundaries of time.
Today Jesus, the
eternal Word, enters into the world which he created in order to
reclaim the hearts and minds, the very souls, of those who have
forgotten their identity.
BIBLE READINGS SATURDAY &
Sat - S. STEPHEN
: 2 Chron 24: 20-22, Acts 7: 51-end, Matt 10: 17-22
(S.JOHN, Ap) :
Exodus 33: 7-11a, 1 John 1, S. John 21: 19b-end