Given at All Saints Episcopal Church, Ashmont, Massachusetts
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
The bright and joyous feast we are celebrating today is rooted in the Old Covenant. In the Book of Exodus the Lord commands Moses to “consecrate to me… all the first-born: whatever is the first to open the womb among the people of Israel, both of man and of beast, is mine.” (13:2) The commandment to offer the first-born is associated with Israel’s Passover from Egyptian slavery to freedom. “Remember this day, in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage, for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out from this place…” (13:3)