Thursday, January 2, 2020

From Mother Vicki

Collect for The Second Sunday after Christmas
O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share
our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Sunday, January 5th is the Twelfth Day of Christmas.  Monday is the Epiphany of our Lord.  We rejoice in the beautiful carols we will still be singing as we welcome the Wise Men to see the Holy Family.  This collect reminds us that the dignity of our human nature has now been restored through the birth of Jesus, a divine and human event which reconnects earth and heaven.

Thanks to everyone who was here on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Thanks to our glorious Saint John’s Festival Choir, to Abigail Fischer who added some beautiful descants, to Jayson our brilliant organist and tenor soloist, to our string quartet, to all who read, greeted and helped with the Altar Guild and served as Eucharistic Ministers.  Thanks to The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson who was our Celebrant and Preacher last Sunday, and to Jan Valentine who played the organ!  What a great team!

Bob and I were thrilled to have so many of you at our Christmas Open House on December 24th.  Thank you for joining us for a lovely repast after our glorious Christmas celebration.

Our prayers are very much with the DeFeo and Spielmann families.  On December 30, Agnes DeFeo, died at age 90.  She was a faithful member here at Saint John’s and is the mother of Al DeFeo and recently deceased Julia Spielmann, the grandmother of Susan Spielmann, and the great-grandmother of Briana, Kayla, Jessica and Jayson.  We send our prayers and love to these families and close friends.  The Funeral Service for Agnes DeFeo will be at Saint John’s on Saturday, January 4th at 10 a.m. with a Burial Service to follow at Saint John’s Cemetery.  The Wake is on January 3rd from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Sinatra Funeral Home.

Our prayers are also with Robin Quick, whose mother Judy Quick died on Dec. 31.  Robin and Judy were long-time members here.  Please hold them, Ival DeBride’s son and grandchildren, and all who grieve Judy’s passing in your prayers as well.

We were blessed to host the Interfaith Inaugural Prayer Service here on New Year’s Day at 10:30 a.m. with our elected officials, including Mayor Spano and his family in attendance.  Our dear Young At Arts Ensemble from Christ Church, Bronxville, sang wonderfully with Kat Rodriguez conducting.  Thanks to Michael Bird+ who helped gather them up for this great event.  And thanks to the Yonkers Clergy who helped lead this prayer service, and to the music group SOAR, who added their joyous musical gifts.

This is a New Year.  May 2020 be filled with new vision that allows us that great hope that God has given us in Christ Jesus. Death is not the end of the story, thanks be to God:
“Yet even at the grave we make our song, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!”

Christmas and Epiphany blessings and love,


The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota

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