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December 25

Christians have celebrated the incarnation and nativity of the Lord Jesus on December 25 since at least the early part of the third century—just a few generations removed the days of the Apostles.  By 336, when the Philocalian Calendar—one of the earliest documents of the Patriarchal church—was first utilized, Christmas Day was already a venerable and tenured tradition. Though there …

Childermas, Kindermord, or the Feast of the Innocents

Often called Childermas, Kindermord, or the Feast of the Innocents, the 28th of December (or more often, the Sunday between Christmas and Epiphany), traditionally solemnizes the slaughter of the children of Judea by Herod. It provides focus for the Christian Community’s calling and commitment to protect and preserve the sanctity of all human life. Immediately after the birth of Jesus, after the …

Childermas or Kindermord

Often called Childermas or Kindermord, the Sunday between Christmas and Epiphany traditionally solemnizes the slaughter of the children of Judea by Herod. It provides focus for the Christian’s commitment to protect and preserve the sanctity of all human life—thus serving as a prophetic warning against the practicioners of abandonment and infanticide in the age of antiquity, oblacy and pessiary in …

William Dunbar’s “Incarnation” (1512)

Rorate coeli desuper!   Hevins, distil your balmy schouris! For now is risen the bricht day-ster,   Fro the rose Mary, flour of flouris:   The cleir Sone, quhom no cloud devouris, Surmounting Phebus in the Est,   Is cumin of his hevinly touris:     Et nobis Puer natus est. Archangellis, angellis, and dompnationis,   Tronis, potestatis, and marteiris seir, And all ye hevinly operationis,   Ster, …

Born! Thanks Be To God!

Christ, by highest heaven adored Christ, the everlasting Lord; Late in time behold Him come Offspring of a virgin’s womb. Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; Hail th’ Incarnate Deity, Pleased as man with man to dwell; Jesus, our Emmanuel. Come, Desire of nations come, Fix in us Thy humble home; Rise, the Woman’s conquering Seed, Bruise in us the …

Deo Gracias!

Adam lay i-bowndyn, bowndyn in a bond, Fowre thows and wynter thowt he not to long. And al was for an appil, an appil that he tok. As clerkes fyndyn wretyn in here book. Ne hadde the appil take ben, the appil taken ben, Ne hadde never our lady a ben hevene quen. Blyssid be the tyme that appil take …

Bah Humbug! As Far As The Curse Is Found

  1. Humbug is an old word of indeterminate etymology meaning “spectacle” or “hoax” or “jest,” often referring to some unjustified reputation or publicity. 2. Of course, the word is most often associated with Ebenezer Scrooge, a character created by Charles Dickens in The Christmas Carol. He famously dismissed Christmas declaring, “Bah! Humbug!” Interestingly, variations of the term make appearances in any number of …

Bah! Humbug! As Far As the Curse Is Found

1. Humbug is an old word of indeterminate etymology meaning “spectacle” or “hoax” or “jest,” often referring to some unjustified reputation or publicity.2. Of course, the word is most often associated with Ebenezer Scrooge, a char…

The Spirit of the Age and Christmas

This day,In sadness borne,We must confess:The Spirit of the AgeHas crushedThe infant in the cradle.And yet:O glorious yet,One day, in gladness shown,We must profess:The infant from the mangerHas crushedThe Spirit of the Age.–Tristan Gylberd

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Every day, fromDecember 25 to January 6, has traditionally been a part of the Yuletidecelebration. Dedicated to mercy and compassion–in light of the incarnation ofHeaven’s own mercy and compassion–each of those twelve days between Christmasand Epip…

Christmas Favs

1. “On Christmas” by G.K. Chesterton2. “Christmas Stories” by Charles Dickens3. “On the Incarnation” by Athanasius4. “Nativity Hymns” by Isaac Watts5. “The Birth of the Savior” by C.H. Spurgeon6. “No Holly for Miss Quinn” by Miss Read7. “Corrie’s Chris…