I think perhaps, if I am honest, that one of my favorite services of the year is this Sunday’s service for Nine Lessons and Carols and the Presentation of the Dean's Cross. It is completely special. The music is just sublime; the pattern of Scripture and carols is just delightful. It is a real moment to literally prepare for Christmas. From Genesis to the nativity narrative in one service - it is the best way to celebrate the Advent season.
And it is an opportunity for the Seminary to honor the well-formed life. The Dean's Cross recognizes outstanding leaders who embody their baptismal vows to “strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.” We will be honoring David Booth Beers, Susan Howatch (in absentia) and Mark A. McIntosh (in absentia).
I have already sent a community email inviting you to participate in this Sunday’s Advent I with a reception at 3:15 p.m. in Scott Lounge followed by Lessons & Carols at 4:30 p.m. This is a busy time of the year. Those papers do have to be written, but a break to remind us of the significance of this season is really worth it. I look forward to you joining me this Sunday.
The Very Rev Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President