Angel Dancing

Angels announced the First Advent of our Lord, as they will the Second.

We too join in the singing and the Joy of their God's-Spell announcements.


Music - Laurie Barber

Christmas wreath

So we’ve come to the serious waiting time that is Advent as we long for the joys of Christmas, the memories, inspiration, spirit and impetus of Christmas.

The words of this beautiful Christmas song were written by Margaret Rose, and the music by Michael Head.

Creche, Nativity Scene

Someone to enlighten our darkness
Someone to help in our distress
Someone whose presence warms on coldest nights
Walking close beside us on our Journey


Thoughts on the Birth of Christ from St. John Chrysostom --

Bethlehem Birth

The gift of Christmas in all the elements of the gift-wrapping and packaging of Bethlehem in Judea, in fulfilment of ancient prophecy. -- 'born this day a Saviour Who is Christ - the Lord!'

How great is the love that the Father has lavished upon us, that we should be called the Children of God. And that is what we are...

See I John 3:1 - 3

Manger Scene

We never know, can never fathom fully, the lasting power of our actions, the staying power of our words - even one little sentence, one little phrase; one little word.

laughing man, Albert & Victoria Museum, London

The photo is from the Albert and Victoria Museum in London, England.

The Church celebrates Epiphany on January 6th of each year.

A Lenten Resource: The Journey

Gathered around the Manger

It was difficult at first for God’s People who were accepting Jesus as the promised and hoped-for Messiah to allow that perhaps He too was come for the deliverance of the whole world.

winter fence and white sun

What can I bring Him – poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a Lamb, If I were a wise-man, I would do my part; Yet what I

You know the grace of our Lord Jesus, how that though He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor – that we through His poverty might become rich. — St. Paul (2 Corinthians 8:9)

For the Shepherds (if one may speculate and think of groups representatively), there is to be brought unique gift and purpose, as in the following:

Click on picture/movie and listen as you read.

tiny green branch from tree bark

Poets’, preachers’ letters, words —
Strong and weak, inspire to share,
Dull shepherds, mighty angels’ chantry:
Stories lift like birds in air.

True Enough

sepia creche

Real worth is found in the Babe of Bethlehem, in the Christ of Glory!

Sometimes, somehow, despite the business of the Season, there can be a strange calm that settles upon us, even upon us last-minute, late-evening shoppers.

Iona chapel window

I love all the Christmas music -- the cantatas, the carols. I also really like some old Christmas poems. Here’s one by Christopher Fry” -

Christmas by Candlelight: St. John's Prologue

Christmas Interlude

I play for my own amazement (erm, amusement) and in wonder and joy at the Message of Christmas.

In many cold climes Advent days are short and cold.

They say one can never really go home again - that to go home is to find that all has changed, that everything has become very different from how you remember it.

John 1:11 - "He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him."

We are always thrilled to hear of the birth of the baby. Conflicting emotions of joy and sorrow well up within.

Advent means waiting.

But actually, I hate waiting. I’m one of the most impatient people you’ll meet.

God told Job that at the creation of the world "the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy."

Lighthouse at Snug Harbour, Oakville, ON

The People that walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon them that live in the shadow of the valley of death, upon them has the light shone . . .

Our planet is but a small spec in a galaxy which is itself part of billions of stars and planets. And yes, from a distance it seems so beautiful, so ordered, peaceful and calm.

Is there a more poignant and powerful carol than: ‘Joy to the World’ ? Well actually, I love them all, all the carols.


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