Here is today’s Mass Collect: ‘Almighty ever-living God, who in the Nativity of your Son established the beginning and fulfilment of all religion, grant, we pray, that we may be numbered among those who belong to him, in whom is the fullness of human salvation’.

The Gospel is the Prologue of John, and here is an extract: ‘But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father’. And as the Psalmist said: ‘He made us, we belong to Him …’

May this theme of ‘belonging to Him’ be yours throughout this glorious season, and in the coming year. May God bless you.