H is for Herod

Dec 8, 2019 Second Week of Advent – Day 8 of the Advent Alphabet H is for Herod, the evil King of the Jews who urged the Magi to reveal the location of the Christ-child. “When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill […]

G is for Gold

December 7, 2019 First Week of Advent – Day 7 of the Advent Alphabet G is for gold. When the Magi “saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they […]

F is for Frankincense (and Myrhh)

December 6, 2019 First Week of Advent – Day 6 of the Advent Alphabet F is for frankincense (and myrhh), from the story of the Magi who visited Jesus, and brought gifts. There is a great article by a master gardener about these plant-based gifts at: http://www.emmitsburg.net/gardens/articles/adams/2005/frankincense.htm “Frankincense is a gummy resin from the non- […]

E is for Everlasting

Dec. 5, 2019 First Week of Advent – Day 5 of the Advent Alphabet E is for everlasting.  “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince […]

D is for December

December 4, 2019 First Week of Advent – Day Four of the Advent Alphabet D is for December. Why do we celebrate Christmas on December 25th? (It is not as if we can check Jesus’ birth certificate.) Outside of a few critical references to the early Christians that can be found in histories written within […]

C is for Carols

  December 3, 2019 First Week of Advent – Day Three of the Advent Alphabet C is for carols. One of my top five favourite carols is “Angels We Have Heard on High”. I can hear the words in my head: Angels we have heard on high sweetly singing o’er the plains, and the mountains […]

B is for Bethlehem

December 2, 2019 1st Week of Advent – Day Two of the Advent Alphabet B is for Bethlehem. There are at least 2 Bethlehems. The one we know best is a fairly romanticized place, the setting for pageants and Christmas specials. The other is where Israelis and Palestinians live as uneasy neighbours, under the watchful […]