Frank Tracy Griswold III

The 25th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

Presiding Bishop’s Christmas Message

December 25, 1999
Frank T. Griswold


is God's shocking insistence that flesh and blood like ours

be the medium of God's Word.


No abstraction,

no lofty vision,

no finely wrought dogma,

no sacred tradition can mollify the shock of this truth:

As one of us

The Word comes to dwell among us

and within us,

as a newborn child,

as Jesus.


May our flesh and blood too be made the route of Christ's continuing self-gift

to our world

in words and deeds of love and truth,

mercy and indignation,

healing and forgiveness.


Let us dare to welcome the Word.


The Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church, USA



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