Tag Archives: Advent

Unexpected comfort and joy within the Anglican divide in Myrtle Beach

Tidings of comfort and joy? The holidays seem like weeks of frantic rushing for minutes of comfort and joy.

But this Advent season, if anything does give me comfort and joy, it’s the way local ACNA church members and Episcopal Church members are still meeting with one another — different sets of people, different venues, different occasions, but all warm and friendly.

This would seem highly unlikely, given the split of the Diocese of South Carolina into a diocese affiliated with the Anglican Church in North America and a diocese affiliated with The Episcopal Church.

But as I have experienced first-hand here in Myrtle Beach, local ACNA members and Episcopalians are still finding the time and the love to go out for meals together, to study together, to have drinks together, to share enthusiasms on social media together.

And it’s always good to see each other.

Leaders stake territory; friends stay together.

From Christmas to Egypt; Jesus in a strange land

'Rest on the Flight into Egypt' by Luc Olivier Merson

Soon after Jesus was born, he enjoyed staring at the Christmas tree lights, watching football with Joseph, and feasting on leftover turkey and ham.

Not quite.

For one thing, he hadn’t legalized ham at that point.

Secondly, Mary and Jesus soon fled to Egypt, as noted in Matthew 2:13.

Thinking about the above paitning, Richard Beck writes, “I love the poignancy of Mary and baby Jesus in the arms of the Sphinx. It reminds me of the homelessness of the Messiah. How his first memories were those of an immigrant, a displaced person, a stranger in a strange land. God is always showing up in the strangest of places. I doubt, in today’s world, he’d even be speaking English, just like he didn’t speak Latin.”  Read Beck’s full post here.

Advent and the value of the church calendar

From Ryan Hamm’s guest post at Brett McCracken’s blog:

I knew what Advent was, because we lived in Austria and even my non-denom (but mostly Baptist) church celebrated it. I never thought of it as a “Catholic” thing, as I’ve heard it called in the States—instead, it seemed like a way to stretch out the observance of Christmas an extra few weeks, which was fine with me, mostly because singing Christmas carols never seemed as laborious as normal church songs (this is still true).

It was a subtle, but meaningful shift when I began to learn about the church calendar. I saw how our everyday lives were, in fact, framed by a way of thinking that meant more than eight hours of work. And the church calendar instructed me that each part of life was savored and used, not discarded in favor of something more palatable.

Read it all here.

Yesteryear’s thoughts on the Advent season

In his 1868 book The Liturgical Year, Prosper Louis Pascal Gueranger wrote a few moving pages about the Advent season. We have reprinted some of those pages at LiturgicalCredo.com. Click this link to read: http://www.liturgicalcredo.com/Advent1.html