Christmas

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December 14, 2009

Love one another as I have loved you. John 15:10

"Happy Holidays" or "Merry Christmas": take your pick. For years now the armies of inclusion have battled the troops of tradition. No year passes without a breathlessly televised crèche controversy or a school pageant showdown.

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December 19, 2008

In the latest development of the companion relationship between the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri and the Diocese of Lui -- part of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan -- a team of eight missioners will spend the Christmas and New Years holidays in Sudan. Eight Missouri Episcopalians, including...

December 5, 2008

Bishop Jeffrey Lee of the diocese of Chicago will welcome young people to St. James Cathedral in downtown Chicago on Sunday, December 14 for an afternoon of "discovering the truth about Santa Claus." The event is part of festivities surrounding the offering of an exhibit on the life of St....

December 2, 2008

Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem Suheil Dawani has issued the following Christmas message for 2008. In Bethlehem, just a few miles from where I write this message, a new life that began 2000 years ago continues to inspire the world to hope, promise, and new beginnings. It was a life of humility and...

December 2, 2008

Bulletin inserts from Episcopal Life Weekly for December 14 tell of St. Nicholas, the original Santa Claus; the third-century Bishop of Myra who became a symbol of generosity, goodwill and love for children to Christians throughout the ages.

Bulletin inserts are available here.

November 11, 2008

It doesn't have much of a beat, the kids can't dance to it, and it's sung in a dead language, but Gregorian chant seems to be the hottest thing in sacred music right now.

Nearly 200 scholas -- choirs that sing plainsong -- have emerged around the country, many in the last five years,...

November 30, 2005

Part of the wonder of the Christmas story is that it is as vast as it is simple – a piece of magic that Lori Amos, curator of Washington National Cathedral’s annual crèche exhibit in Washington, D.C., has discovered anew each year.

Sixteen years ago, as Amos helped former cathedral...

December 1, 2004

Though we are now exchanging our "Merry Christmas" greetings, and carols fill the air telling us "tis the season to be jolly," Christmas provides something far greater than merriment, joviality, or an easy joy. Christmas points the way to something sober and enduring. To celebrate Christmas is...

November 30, 2003

Along with spicy-smelling pine trees, glowing Advent candles and choirs singing "Silent Night," family gatherings are among the most anxiously anticipated activities of the Christmas season.

But worldwide, people are celebrating the holidays achingly far from home. For many, the...

November 30, 2003

The trumpet of a conch shell calls parishioners to worship Christmas Eve at Trinity by-the-Sea, Kihei, Maui. The open-air church is adorned with native red anthurium, white carnations, and wild red berries cascading on the altar. Pine trees, cut from the 4,000-foot "upcountry" Maui, adorn the...

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