Christmas

Crossing the Threshold – New Year’s Eve Service 2015

New Year’s Eve Service 2015  Welcome, as we gather to cross the threshold from the old year to a new year in prayer. We give thanks for all that we have received as blessing in the year which is drawing to a close. The core of our reflections are drawn from Misericordiae Vultus, written by(…)

A Christmas Childhood

A Christmas Childhood My father played the melodeon Out side at our gate There were stars in the morning east And they danced to his music Across the wild bogs his melodeon called To Lennons and Callans. As I pulled on my trousers in a hurry I knew some strange thing had happened. Outside the(…)

Christ Climbed Down

Christ climbed down from his bare Tree this year and ran away to where there were no rootless Christmas trees hung with candycanes and breakable stars. Christ climbed down from his bare Tree this year and ran away to where there were no gilded Christmas trees and no tinsel Christmas trees and no pink plastic(…)

The Adoration of the Maji

The Adoration of the Maji

The Adoration of the Maji A soldier’s recollection It was the arrival of the Kings that caught us unawares; we’d looked in on the woman in the barn, curiosity you could call it, something to do on a cold winter’s night; we’d wish her well that was the best we could do, she was in(…)

What has Happened

What has happened What has happened to me has been the very reverse of what appears to be the experience of most of my friends. Instead of dwindling to a point, Santa Claus has grown larger in my life until he fills almost the whole of it. It happened in this way. As a child,(…)

The Miracle of Ponsietta

The Miracle of Poinsettia The Mexicans call the poinsettia the ‘Flower of the Holy Night’, after a legend that tells of a little peasant girl who, on Christmas Eve, wanted to go to Midnight Mass with a gift for Jesus. She had nothing to give, but angels appeared to her and told her to pick(…)

There’s a baby in my dinner

THERE’S A BABY IN MY DINNER  Why are human beings so obsessed with numbers? They count everything! You wouldn’t find self-respecting donkeys wasting all our time counting things. Life’s too short for that. Humans. Though, well they’ll count anything. I know a person, not very far away, who has lots of bags full of little(…)

The Stable Cat’s Story

I am the stable cat. It’s a good life. Not as soft and comfortable as a house cat’s, but the stable is quite presentable and I have a warm nest in one of the least draughty corners. There are lots of mice around. And the freedom is worth any discomfort. So I wasn’t best pleased(…)

Blessing of a Crib

Blessing of a Crib God of every nation and people, from the very beginning of creation you have made manifest your love: when our need for a Saviour was great you sent your Son to be born of the Virgin Mary. To our lives he brings joy and peace, justice, mercy and love. Lord, bless all(…)