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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 different from modern dating systems. The National Catholic Register offers … Continue reading The Proclamation of the Birth of Christ

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What Is Your Christmas Story? – A Christmas Sermon on Luke 2:1-20

“Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place.” That’s what the shepherds said after the angels had left them and gone into heaven. It wasn’t enough to just hear the good news. It wasn’t enough to just receive the birth announcement. Somewhere deep within they wanted to be a part of this thing that had taken place. The angel’s … Continue reading What Is Your Christmas Story? – A Christmas Sermon on Luke 2:1-20

Christmas Proclamation, Christmas, Incarnation, Liturgy, Midnight Mass

The Proclamation of the Birth of Christ

Most years our Christmas liturgy at St. Philip’s begins with the processional hymn, O Come All Ye Faithful. Along the way the procession stops at the creche to place Jesus in the manger and offer prayers. This year we will first hear The Proclamation of the Birth of Christ and then begin the processional hymn. The Christmas Proclamation as it is sometimes called comes from the … Continue reading The Proclamation of the Birth of Christ

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No Longer a Manger Baby: Letting Jesus Grow Up – A Sermon on Luke 2:41-52

“Child, why have you treated us like this?” Sound familiar? Do you know those words? Do they take you back to another time, another place? Think back to your childhood. Do you remember hearing those words or words like them? Think about your own children and your parenting of them. Did you ever say anything like that? Mary’s question to Jesus in today’s gospel (Luke … Continue reading No Longer a Manger Baby: Letting Jesus Grow Up – A Sermon on Luke 2:41-52

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The Manger of Christ Never Disappoints – A Christmas Eve Sermon on Luke 2:1-14

“To you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” (Luke 2:1-14) That says it all. That’s the Christmas truth. It’s the only thing that needs to be said or really even can be said. And it’s the only thing I have to tell you tonight. Nothing more, nothing less. They are the angel’s words to … Continue reading The Manger of Christ Never Disappoints – A Christmas Eve Sermon on Luke 2:1-14

Christmas On! A Sermon on John 1:1-18

“And the Word became flesh and lived among us” (From John 1:1-18; First Sunday after Christmas) How was your Christmas? It is a question I have asked and been asked over the last few days. While I understand what is being asked I also hear an underlying assumption that Christmas is over. It is the same assumption that underlies the birthday wishes to Jesus. “Happy … Continue reading Christmas On! A Sermon on John 1:1-18

Gazing into the Face of a New Beginning – A Christmas Sermon on Luke 2:1-20

She gave birth, wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger. It’s all rather matter of fact as St. Luke tells it (Luke 2:1-20; Christmas Eve). It sounds like it could be any birth. It was probably like a lot of births throughout the world today. A newborn, a blanket of sorts, and a makeshift crib. “Good news of great joy,” the … Continue reading Gazing into the Face of a New Beginning – A Christmas Sermon on Luke 2:1-20

What are you Giving for Christmas?

At Christmas we often think, and rightfully so, of God’s gift of Jesus to the world. We celebrate and rejoice that God has been born into this world as one of us. God is with us in a new way. God has given us himself in the baby Jesus. The early Church, while recognizing God’s gift to his people, also understood and saw the nativity … Continue reading What are you Giving for Christmas?