WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24 , 2014
Psalm 45, 46; Isaiah 35: 1-110; Luke 1: 67-80
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked
The Savior’s arrival always breaks into this world as the startling gift from God, sent from the heart of the Holy Trinity and propelled by the boundless love God showers upon us. Just when we thought we could make Christmas
The verse above, from Luke’s gospel, was spoken by Zechariah at the birth of John the Baptist. It is the prophetic affirmation of what is already accomplished and what will soon be revealed. This is the day when we encounter the glory of God’s great gift for our redemption. God has looked favorably on his people. Alleuia!
Glorious God, you redeem us through the gift
The Rt. Rev. Dena A. Harrison, DD, ’87, ’08
A native Texan, Bishop Dena A. Harrison became the ninth Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Texas in 2006. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from The University of Texas at Austin and Master and Doctor of Divinity degrees from the Seminary of the Southwest.
Bishop Harrison's ordained ministry includes service as Assistant Rector of All Saints’ Church, Austin; Rector of St. James’ Church, La Grange; Rector of St. James the Apostle Church, Conroe; and Canon to the Ordinary and Archdeacon of the Diocese of Texas. As executive for the West Region of the diocese, she has oversight of churches in the Austin, Northwest, Central, and Southwest convocations and oversees the Commission on Ministry and World Mission.
She is a trustee of Episcopal Relief and Development and serves as Chair of St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System, Houston, and the Seminary of the Southwest, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, and El Buen Samaritano in Austin.
Bishop Harrison and her husband Larry have two children and five grandchildren. Larry Harrison is a CPA practicing in Austin.