Posts tagged Christmas

The Feast of Stephen.

Thursday 26 December 2013

This morning, still full of the joy of our celebrations, I was struck by the reading from the saints in the office of readings. As St Fulgentius, this morning points out we move straight from the celebration of Christ’s coming to thinking about Stephen, the first martyr. Many of the early Christian writers identify parallels […]

Hidden, then revealed.

Tuesday 8 January 2013

I often find there are levels or strands to my spiritual life that manage to exist at the same time, even though they seem different. I was aware of two during Christmas and into Epiphany. I came out of Advent thinking about one of the things that had been said in the third Advent group. […]

The Holy Family

Monday 31 December 2012

Yesterday was the celebration of the Holy Family. As his homily Neil talked about how all of our vocations, to the married life, as parents and to the consecrated life are found in the Holy Family. He then read from an address of Pope Paul VI given at Nazareth. This had been in the Office […]

Reflections on the Holy Family

Friday 30 December 2011

Friday 30th December, this year was the Feast of the Holy Family. The readings from the Office highlighted the important nature of the family: “The home of Nazareth is the school where we begin to understand the life of Jesus- the school of the Gospel” “…there is a lesson on family life. May Nazareth teach […]

Crib Service: Telling the Story.

Tuesday 27 December 2011

Christmas Eve afternoon saw people gathering for the Ordinariate Crib Service. With lights low, Fr Neil began to re-tell the story of the first Christmas. Children (and some brave adults) had come dressed as different characters. Angels, big and small, Mary, Joseph (press-ganged at the last moment), shepherds, a star, innkeeper, Wise man and assorted […]