A Visit from Bishop John on Saint Nicholas Day
December 6 marked the second Sunday of Advent, as well as the Feast of Saint Nicholas—and, of course, Bishop John Guernsey’s annual visit to Incarnation! All three occasions happily collided at Advent Wonder, where families are gathering each week for a casual time of outdoor kid-friendly prayer before church.
Dressed in his finest, Bishop John explained what a bishop does and what a bishop wears—we especially enjoyed learning about the crozier, or shepherd’s staff, as well as the mitre, the hat that reminds us of the Holy Spirit’s descent on the day of Pentecost. He told stories about Saint Nicholas, the generous third century bishop of Myra, who famously shared God’s love by giving away his riches to families in need.
As we listened to Bishop John (and asked questions!) on the sunny, chilly south Arlington morning, we made paper stars and clove-decorated orange pomanders to give to neighbors. We read Isaiah’s words about Emmanuel—God with us. What a gift!
Like Nicholas, may we receive the gift of Jesus, and freely share the joy of Emmanuel through our giving to others.
Thank you, Bishop John!
Collect for Saint Nicholas Day
Almighty Father, lover of souls, who chose your servant Nicholas to be a bishop in the Church, that he might give freely out of the treasures of your grace: make us mindful of the needs of others and, as we have received, so teach us also to give; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.