Syria, Omran, Aleppo, Prayer, Refugees, Social Justice

Aleppo Doesn’t Need Our Prayers

A few days ago I posted A Litany of Prayer for Aleppo. I was and still am heartbroken and overwhelmed, maybe even possessed, by what is happening in Aleppo. Omran has become for me an icon of that tragedy. His face and silence are ever before me; waiting, questioning, and convicting. I could not not pray. I…

Nativity, Giotto, Christmas, Proclamation, Incarnation

The Proclamation of the Birth of Christ

The Christmas Proclamation as it is sometimes called comes from the Roman Martyrology. It is usually read on Christmas Eve before the Midnight Mass. The proclamation sets the birth of Jesus in relationship to events of the Old Testament as well as the Greek and Roman worlds. It is a way of dating Jesus’ birth…

"Omran, Angels Are Here!" Copyright 2016 by Judith Mehr, used by permission.

A Litany of Prayer for Aleppo

How long, O Lord, how long? There is no peace in Aleppo. There is no peace in Syria. Every night the people flood their beds with tears and drench their couches with weeping. Their eyes waste away with grief. Their spirits shake with terror. You are the one who took them out of the womb.…

Advent, Preaching, Sermon, Gospel According to Matthew, Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew 3:1-12, Matthew 11:2-11, Matthew 24:36-44

Advent Preaching in Year A, The Gospel According to Matthew

Below are links to my previous sermons for Advent, Year A, the gospel according to St. Matthew: Advent 1A, Matthew 24:36-44 + 2016: Advent in America: Politics and Baptism. Advent 2A, Matthew 3:1-12 + 2016, Beauty, Hope, and Repentance.  + 2013, Too Content to Repent? + 2010, Who Cares? Advent 3A, Matthew 2:11-21 + 2013, Expectations, Prisons, and Jailbreaks.…