Christmas at the Cathedral
On Christmas, we celebrate the humble birth of Jesus, the Lord and Savior of Christians worldwide. Just as God gave us the gift of Jesus, the season is typified as a time of giving. It is a sacred time when through Jesus the light of Christ bursts through the darkness to bring hope and salvation to all humankind.
All are welcome every year to enjoy and participate fully in any part of our Christmas offerings.
This year, our vestry elected to split our annual Christmas offering between two local programs that serve critical needs of our neighbors. The first was the Phoenix Program, a Cincinnati Works effort designed to curb violence found in the urban core by identifying and mentoring those at risk. Phoenix Program staff work one on one and in group settings to help such individuals establish new life patterns that lead to economic self-sufficiency and legal employment.
The second was the winter shelter of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. This Over-the-Rhine church operates the shelter from December 15 through February 28 to provide a safe place for those in the community who are homeless and unable, because of the distance, to take advantage of shelters in other areas, such as the Shelterhouse in Queensgate (formerly the Drop Inn Center).
We give thanks for those who generously supported these contributions this past Christmas.