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The Poetry Of Christmas – A Christmas Eve Sermon on Luke 2:1-20

Regardless of what the last year has been for us and whether we consider the changes it brought to be for better or for worse it is deeply rooted in the Christmas story.

I am not talking about the then and there Christmas story, the one that starts out “In those days” and takes place “in that region.” I am talking about the here and now Christmas story, the one that is taking place in these days and in this region. After all, that’s really the only Christmas story that matters. Continue reading The Poetry Of Christmas – A Christmas Eve Sermon on Luke 2:1-20

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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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And the Word Continues to Become Flesh – A Christmas Day Sermon on John 1:1-14

John 1:1-14 Sometimes when my wife, Cyndy, and I have been really busy, and there’s been a flurry of activity, and life seems chaotic, she’ll say to me, “We need to stop and regroup.” It’s her way of saying that we need to slow down and take a look at what’s happening, what we are doing, and what it means. I think that’s what today, … Continue reading And the Word Continues to Become Flesh – A Christmas Day Sermon on John 1:1-14

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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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When It’s No Longer My Way or the Highway – A Sermon on Luke 18:9-14

Luke 18:9-14 May the Christ in me see and honor the Christ in you, and the Christ in you see and honor the Christ in me. What if that was our expectation every time we met someone? What if that was the attitude underlying our national conversation and our recent presidential debates? What if that was the foundation for our marriages, parenting, and friendships? What … Continue reading When It’s No Longer My Way or the Highway – A Sermon on Luke 18:9-14

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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

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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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From Fact to Meaning – A Christmas Day Sermon on Luke 2:8-20

So what’s next? The crowds have dispersed, the hymns have been sung, and Christmas Eve has given way to the dawn of a new day. This morning’s light has overcome the night’s darkness. The waiting is over. The child has been born and the angel has announced the good news of great joy. So now what? What comes after the birth announcement? What do we … Continue reading From Fact to Meaning – A Christmas Day Sermon on Luke 2:8-20