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The Rev. R.R. Tarsitano: a sermon for the Nativity of St. John Baptist

July 12, 2018

From St. Michael & All Angels Anglican Church in Florida, here is a message preached by the Rev. Richard Tarsitano for the Nativity of St. John Baptist.  You can read it here, if you wish, or hear it on the YouTube video below, but I wanted to call attention to his conclusion, which I really liked:

Today, we celebrate the Nativity of St. John Baptist in the same way the prophet lived, by celebrating the Messiah he died introducing to the world.  As we hear in the “Benedictus” this morning and every day in Morning Prayer, “And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace” (St. Luke 1:76-79).  This calling, to go before the Lord and serve as the living knowledge that God has saved His people, this calling is the calling of all the saints until we are cut down by death or the Lamb returns to mercifully end creation’s suffering.  We have been given a purpose that banishes fear and laughs at the dark forces which dare lay claim to our souls.  Our calling is to be a reflection of the Dayspring’s glory, our calling is to live and die in service to the light, our calling is to prepare the way of the Lord.  May we embrace our saintly calling and show the world God keeps His promises.

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