Feast of Epiphany: Journey From Loss to Hope for New Beginnings

Feast of Epiphany: Journey From Loss to Hope for New Beginnings

On January 6, Epiphany, we remember the story of the magi from other lands who traveled far to bring gifts to the Christ child. They followed a star until they reached the manger. Today is a major holiday in many countries.

The magi made a long journey to Bethlehem. In 2020 you too were forced to make a difficult traverse to reach Christmas. You passed through losses and changes from the coronavirus, through becoming more aware of racial injustice, and through the divisions of a nation during an election year. At Christmas, you finally reached the manger. You behold God’s very child, who would risk entering a world that is as broken as it is beautiful, to be among us and to be us.

Mary’s arms are filled with the promise of new life, and her hopeful eyes are looking ahead. What is a hope you have for 2021? What longings are evoked for you for 2021?

Happy New Year, Dear School.

Pastor Strasser, Chaplain


The Rev. Dr. Arden Strasser has been Chaplain at St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's since 2017. He is also Pastor at Saint Luke's Lutheran Church in Times Square.

Pastor Strasser earned degrees from the University of Rochester, the University of Colorado, and the University of Natal, South Africa. He earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University. Pastor Strasser has also served on the boards of the Volunteer Missionary Movement and the American International School of Lusaka.