The term was news to me when I first heard it, but observances of a “blue Christmas” seem to be spreading. These are worship services designed for those who know that the upcoming Christmas celebrations will be painful for them, usually because of the loss of a loved one in the past year. A blue Christmas service allows people to acknowledge their sense of loss and the shadow it casts over this holiday season, with its deeply emotional and familial traditions.
I wonder whether there are Catholic parishes that offer a blue Christmas worship service too? And what liturgical forms are proving helpful here?