Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

A very Merry Christmas to you from all of the writers at Anglican Pastor.  Below are a few links to some of our musings on the season, and a few links to boot.

6550401397_af1ac31d24_mWhat are the Twelve Days of Christmas? by Greg Goebel

Christmas is actually a season that lasts until the Epiphany, January 6th. On Christmas morning, the party has just gotten started! But many people wonder what happens on the rest of the 12 days? Well, not every day of the 12 has a major feast associated with it. But we will cover the ones that do…

andrewes_xmasAndrewes on the Incarnation: Perfectly Presented and Preached by David Roseberry

On a Christmas morning in 1606, Bishop Lancelot Andrewes preached a powerful message.  Four hundred years later, that sermon powerfully impacted me when I read it in seminary. I still feel its impact after forty years of contemplating it.

chrismas_eve_challengesThe Twelve Challenges of the Christmas Eve Service by David Roseberry

After 32 years of ordained leadership I have to admit: Christmas Eve is the most wonderful and most difficult service of them all. There are so many issues, challenges, opportunities, options, cultures, feelings, theologies, traditions, and practices in play. They dance like sugar plums in my head, as it were. Not surprisingly, here are twelve…

christmasRestoring the Twelve Days of Christmas by Greg Goebel

How about observing Advent as a way to slow down and reflect before Christmas (and avoid burnout!), and then to restore Christmas as a Twelve Day Feast?

Merry-Christmas-Happy-Holidays-570x360Christmas and the Holidays by Greg Goebel

How do we as Christians find a way to celebrate the Feast of the Incarnation and the birth of Christ, and yet at the same time be a part of our culture? In order to navigate this in our own culture, it might be helpful for us to see “The Holidays” as distinct from “Christmas.”

Cross-Pommee-HeraldryJohn Chrysostom’s Christmas Sermon

BEHOLD a new and wondrous mystery. My ears resound to the Shepherd’s song, piping no soft melody, but chanting full forth a heavenly hymn. The Angels sing. The Archangels blend their voice in harmony. The Cherubim hymn their joyful praise. The Seraphim exalt His glory. All join to praise this holy feast, beholding the Godhead here on earth, and man in heaven. He Who is above, now for our redemption dwells here below; and he that was lowly is by divine mercy raised.

angelchristmasReadings and Prayers for the Twelve Days of Christmas (2014-2015)

The Twelve Days and the Epiphany are a great time to spend a few moments each day in prayer, scripture, and praise. These simple devotions, based on the Daily Office, are designed to be short but focused.

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