At this time of year, our hearts and minds turn toward Bethlehem, where angels continue to keep their watch of wondering love in the city that gave birth to the Prince of Peace. As the age-old carol reminds us, it is a place where darkened streets hold within them the hopes and fears of all humanity.
Over the course of 2,000 years, the people of Bethlehem continue to live in fear, a cruel wall separating them from their families and their livelihoods. The local Christian population has dwindled as families, like the Holy Family from that first Christmas, seek safety and stability elsewhere. Yet many cannot and will not leave; Bethlehem remains a place where meek souls receive him still, the dear Christ who came to bring a message of peace, reconciliation and the blessings of God’s heaven.
Join the congregations of Washington National Cathedral and the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in a special simulcast prayer service to show solidarity with Bethlehem. Together with the morning stars, we will proclaim the holy birth, sing praises to God the King and pray for peace to all on earth.