Here’s a way of making a New Year’s resolution from James Alberione (died 1971, a great user and promoter of the use of contemporary communications technology): 1. Ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten you to recognize the one major area you need to focus on, whether it is a positive step forward, or more a
There is an ancient tradition of announcing the date of Easter on the Feast of the Epiphany. In the past, when calendars were not common, it clearly had functional value to give the date and feasts dependant on the date of Easter Day. It still has value as a proclamation of the centrality of the
[Updated for 2016] On Epiphany (or New Year) you can bless your house. You can make this as simple or as intricate as you like; include (liturgical) greeting (eg. “The Lord be with you…”), song or carol, holy water (sprinkling door, each room), reading (eg. Epiphany Gospel, start of John’s Gospel), more prayers, Lord’s Prayer,
Textweek resources: Christmas 2; Epiphany Readings: Christmas 2; Epiphany • collect/opening prayer reflection 2nd Sunday after Christmas For Epiphany, once again Episcopalians (Anglicans) and Roman Catholics will pray the same prayer. Deus, qui hodierna die Unigenitum tuum gentibus stella duce revelasti: concede propitius; ut, qui jam te ex fide cognovimus, usque ad contemplandam speciem tuae
What might happen if Joseph, Mary, Elizabeth, Zechariah were using Facebook in the times of Jesus Birth? If you enjoyed the above video, you will definitely appreciate Christmas 2.0 In the Southern Hemisphere, and certainly in Aotearoa-New Zealand this is our go-slow time… So – sometimes your comments may take longer than usual to get
This is a short video clip from A Charlie Brown Christmas! NB: at 0:35 seconds, Linus says: “Fear not!” At that moment, Linus drops his blanket. May this story, often repeated, and those words in particular, repeated beyond this story, be comfort enough for each of us… Blessings to you and yours for the Christmas
O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, hope of the nations and their saviour: come and save us, O Lord our God. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, expectatio gentium, et Salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos, Domine, Deus noster. Isaiah 7:14; 8:8; Matthew 1:23; Haggai 2:7 O come, o come, Emmanuel!