Tag Archives: Christmas

Learning from the Liturgy: Epiphanytide

The “Christmas cycle” of the Church calendar begins with Advent, looking for the arrival of Christ, continues into Christmastide, celebrating the arrival of Christ (particularly in his Jewish context), and culminates in the season after Epiphany, also known as Epiphanytide.  … Continue reading

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Behind the Child’s Face

Where does the story of Jesus begin?  Christmas normally points us to the birth of Christ.  Picky people might point out that the story of Jesus began 9 months ago, at the Annunciation – that’s really when God became flesh.  … Continue reading

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the Light of the World

Merry Christmas! Or, dare I say, happy holidays! The three days immediately following Christmas Day are also major holy days in the Christian year. December 26th commemorates St. Stephen, the Deacon and martyr, whose story is told in the book … Continue reading

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What are the Twelve Days of Christmas?

A lot of people don’t realize they already know this, but Christmas is actually a season, not just a single holiday, and the length of this season is twelve days.  Yes, The Twelve Days of Christmas is not just a … Continue reading

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Jesus: the gift that keeps on giving

This sermon was preached at Grace Anglican Church on January 4th, 2015. Introduction Let’s quickly take stock of where we’ve been thus far: Last month the Bishop talked about hope. Two weeks ago I told you story of the Maccabees. … Continue reading

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the Presentation of Christ

(2 February) The Collect: ALMIGHTY and ever-living God, we humbly beseech your Majesty, that, as your only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple in substance of our flesh, so we may be presented unto you with pure and … Continue reading

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the Incarnation and the Eucharist

Sermon for the 2nd Sunday after Christmas by Fr. Brench, Grace Anglican Church #1 – the road to the Incarnation Part One of the Christian calendar is the season of Advent, which proclaims that Jesus is coming.  Part Two of … Continue reading

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