Month: December 2011

HM Elizabeth II’s Christmas Message

Happy Hanukkah

Hanukkah began last night at sundown. The 8 day “Festival of Lights” commemorates the re-dedication of the Temple after the revolt led by the Maccabees against the Seleucid (Syrian-Greek) Empire of Antiochus IV. The Maccabees (a name taken from one of the leading family members… Continue Reading “Happy Hanukkah”

THE WORD BECAME FLESH: A Sermon by St John of Kronstadt on the Nativity of Christ

The Word became flesh; that is, the Son of God, co-eternal with God the Father and with the Holy Spirit, became human – having become incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary. O, wondrous, awesome and salvific mystery! The One Who had… Continue Reading “THE WORD BECAME FLESH: A Sermon by St John of Kronstadt on the Nativity of Christ”

Is Christmas your Salvation?

I was preaching this past Sunday- Joy on the advent preaching schedule. I chose to look at the annunciation to the Shepherds- specifically focusing on the angelic proclamation ” I bring you good news of great joy” (Luke 2:10). The Greek “εὐαγγελίζομαι ὑμῖν χαρὰν μεγάλην”… Continue Reading “Is Christmas your Salvation?”

Christmas Listening

I usually have a rule in my home- Christmas music, decorations, etc. don’t happen until December 1st. Well, I broke that rule a bit- it’s December 2nd, the lights are up, the tree is getting decorated tonight, and the most played album this week… Continue Reading “Christmas Listening”