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.

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…

What Will You Bring to the Manger? – A Christmas Eve Sermon on Luke 2:1-20

Luke 2:1-20 I come to this Christmas Eve with mixed feelings. This has been one of those years when it seemed as if Christmas just couldn’t get here soon enough. I’ve felt an urgency and necessity about Christmas this year…

The Ethics of Christmas – The Nativity Sermon of Isaac the Syrian

This Christmas night bestowed peace on the whole world; So let no one threaten; This is the night of the Most Gentle One – Let no one be cruel; This is the night of the Humble One – Let no…

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…

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…

He and Us – Thoughts on the Nativity from St. Ambrose

  “He was a baby, a child, so that you may become a complete, mature person. He was wrapped in swaddling clothes, so that you might be freed from the bonds of death. He was in a manger, so that…

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…

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.…

Advent Preparation – Let the Baby be Born

“Now the birth of Jesus took place in this way….” (Matthew 1:18-25) Matthew's description of how Jesus' birth happens does not mention anything that is on my to-do list. There is no busyness in his description. There are very few words…

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