Published: Wednesday 17th December 2014
Christmas is a time of hope; a time to reflect on God’s gift of good news brought through the angels’ messages of joy, peace, reconciliation, goodwill and justice.
It is also a time to reflect on, and give thanks for the year just passed. On behalf of the University, I want to thank all in our university community – our students, staff, alumni and stakeholders – for your ongoing support and efforts over this last year that have helped us continue to build on the vision and mission of Australian Catholic University.
From my family to yours, may this be a time of renewed joy, peace and hope as you celebrate the miracle of the season with your loved ones. It is also my hope that God continue to grant us peace in our communities and our world.
May He renew our strengths and work in the coming year.
Professor Greg Craven
Lord God of Life,
We remember that together
with the beautiful traditions
of decorating the Christmas tree,
of singing carols and giving gifts,
Christmas is first and foremost
our celebration of the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Come, Lord our God,
and surround us this feast
as we delight in this joyous season of Christmas.
As sparkling stars and singing angels
rejoiced at the birth of the Christ Child in Bethlehem,
so may we take great joy in this our Christmas celebration.
May You, our God, bless it and us in Your holy name. Amen.
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