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Epiphany James

When I arrived at 10:30 Wednesday night, I called a Lyft ride to get from the airport to the hotel. James came to get me, a black man in a gray sedan. It’s a challenge to rideshare after 10 pm…

The Epiphany Proclamation

I think it is a good thing to be reminded, in the liturgy of Epiphany, how we Christians keep time and attempt to order our lives.

January 1st in the 17th century Chinese Liturgy

In 1670, following approval received in 1615 from Pope Paul V, a translation of the Roman Missal was published in classical Chinese. In the Missal, the feast on January 1st contains all the same readings as the Latin Roman Missal but bears a different title. Instead of the feast of the “Circumcision of the Lord,” the liturgical calendar names the day the “Establishment of the Holy Name of Jesus” (立耶穌聖名).

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Ars Praedicandi: Holy Family as Model (?)

All too often we are being asked to imitate culturally and historically conditioned icons of the family that are retrojected onto a particular first-century family in Nazareth without much regard for what the Gospels actually tell us about that family.

Liturgy and Patience

Patience is not a substitute for the pursuit of justice and compassion in the world. It is a complement to that pursuit, borne up always by the gracious God who seeks to bring to completion the good work that he has begun.


What does a Hanukkah video mean to a Christian liturgist?

This was tonight’s Maccabeats Hanukkah video because tonight I attempted latkes for the first time (they’re good!). But also, it weaves together the meaning of food, family, and faith in a way that I find beautiful and admirable.

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Pope Francis Christmas Eve Homily

“Let us allow the Child in the manger to challenge us, but let us also allow ourselves to be challenged by the children of today’s world…”

Do You Hate Christmas Presents?

All I want is the joy of the sparrows. I’d like to choose peace—I’d like to choose kindness—I’d like to choose hope. It is my choice to bring those gifts to my Christmas tree.

Liturgy Lines: Of Dates and Virgins and Other Things

Scholars have come up with several reasons for 25th December being chosen as the date for the celebration of Christ’s birth, but none of these would seem to have any stronger a case than the suggestion of fixing the time for the celebration of Christmas as the last Sunday of the calendar year, say.

Viewpoint: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel: A Christmas Reflection

Emmanuel, God with us, means that the Word of God, the love of God, has taken flesh in you and me.