THE MYSTICAL ORDER OF SPIRITUAL BAPTIST INC.
FROM THE DESK OF THE PATRIARCH AND PRESIDING PRELATE
Rt. Hon Sir Dr. Darrindel Hoyte-Johnson
The Christmas season is without doubt, the most beautiful of the year. You cannot lose sight of its true meaning, which is to commemorate the birth of the greatest man, our Lord Jesus Christ. This is an event which completes his death and resurrection.
At this time of year families gather to exchange gifts, manifest love and talk about the beautiful divine story of Jesus Christ. Our children look forward to this time of year to receive gifts, placing stockings in the rooms and lighting the Christmas tree.
Here in the United States where I reside, the celebration of Christmas is closely related to Santa Claus, which is not bad as long as it does not interfere with the innocence of children. Once the child becomes an adult or beyond the age of innocence they should be taught the true meaning of Christmas, and to see Christmas as celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
Although we should always prioritize the love we share between us and the occasion; and to confirm our love to family, friends and strangers. It is also good to remember at this time that Peace is the best food for the soul and spirit. When we fill a peaceful environment, our minds and body are rejuvenated, thus reducing stress and anxiety.
When we reflect on what is true love and true peace, we head into a new year with new forces, new vigor and new hopes and dreams. It is good to avoid every excess in foods, in drink and even parties so we can have good and beautiful memories in the New Year. Let us this Christmas refrain from the negatives and portray a positive attitude towards our families, brothers and sisters, Leaders and our church. Let our language be a reflection of joy, peace, love and harmony. In kindness we will serve one another.
To the many members and Clergy that I oversee daily I have kept you in my prayers and before the God whose birth we celebrate this season. My Archbishop Sir Godfrey Gregg, Queen Abbess Dame Patricia Hackshaw, my new Administrator and Senior Bishop Sir Antonio Providence, His Eminence Cardinal Eric Alleyne, Chief Bishop Sir Lewis Roberts and all other ministers in London, England, the Caribbean and these United States of America. Our many well-wishers and friends who are great encouragement to this ministry. Let this year be stepping stones in the New Year. Your love for ministry and the courage to move on has kept my faith stronger. So may the season bring you joy and happiness and continue to live for God.
My family joins me to wish you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS FILLED WITH JOY AND HAPPINESS AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 2014.