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The Light of the World

In ancient times, many people regarded the sun as the most important god. The sun gave the world warmth and light. Fires were lit during winter to boost the weakening strength of the sun. Sol, the sun-god, was the principal deity of the Roman Empire, and 25 December, by which day the sun had begun […]

Tidying up for Christmas

There’s nothing like the prospect of visitors to get me to tidy the house. Inertia is replaced by action and the house is sparkling before I know where I am. Christmas also spurs me into action. This year, December 25 is on a Tuesday, and my preparations began a year ago on the previous Boxing […]

Recognising the Child Jesus in the faces of little children

In Bethlehem, Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary. He was born, not by the will of man, but by the gift of the love of God our Father, who so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). We […]

A Christmas Story … Emmanuel — God-With-Us

In 1994 in Moscow two missionaries told the story of Christmas to a group of children in an orphanage. They had been abused and abandoned, and they had never before heard the story that we have just heard again in our readings. The children were entranced, some of them sitting on the edges of their […]

No Room at the Inn

The children were talking in class about the birth of Jesus. What did the angels look like? How many animals were in the stable? The only negative character in the story was the landlord of the inn. “He was mean!” a boy said. Really? I wondered why the world’s most beautiful story had to have […]

Christmas: a Time of Joy and of Loss

There is a season for everything, a time for every occupation under heaven. A time for embracing and a time to refrain from embracing. A time for losing and for keeping, a time for letting go. There is a season for everything. Ecclesiastes 3 It is November, and the stores are already in full swing for […]

Can You Bear It?

Joanne was going to the MM Christmas dinner and needed a new dress. In the clothing store she asked the assistant, ‘May I try on that dress in the window, please?’ ‘Certainly not, madam,’ responded the salesgirl, ‘You’ll have to use the fitting room like everyone else.’ The teacher asked young Malcolm: ‘What do you […]


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Tuesday 26 December

St Stephen Acts 6:8-10, 7:54-59; Psalm 31; Matthew 10:17-22 Standing firm Stephen was the first witness to Christ to give his blood for him. His feast today reminds us that the coming of the Saviour meant that those who ‘are on the side of the truth’ will suffer persecution. Even in this time of Christmas […]

Wednesday 20 December

Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 24; Luke1:26-38 Saying ‘yes’ In today’s Gospel we are taken back to the meeting that led to the Christmas event. Mary meets the angel who announces to her that she is to bear the Saviour. For Mary, it must have been a confusing yet faith-filled experience. She questioned the angel as to […]