The first Sunday after Christmas; the third day of Christmas. Scripture: 1 Samuel 2:18–20, 26; Psalm 148:7–14; Colossians 3:12–17; Luke 2:41–52. The passage from 1 Samuel celebrates Hannah’s gift of her son, delivered after apparent infertility, to God, to serve as a priest in the temple. Jewish readers would know that Samuel became one of the […]
Archive | December, 2015
Christmas at Santa Margarita in Menorca – 2015. Distribution of food bags, in conjunction with the Roman Catholic Church of El Roser. Christmas Eve – preparation of Christingles and the Jesse Tree. Christmas Day – with nearly twice as many people as in 2014.
Scripture for the fourth Sunday of Advent: Micah 5:2–5a; Canticle: Magnificat, Luke 1:46-55; Hebrews 10:5–10; Luke 1:39–45 When I worked as a hospital chaplain, I met a young woman with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. I saw her for five weeks in hospital. Just before she was discharged, I spoke to her about her condition, and she described […]
Scripture for the Third Sunday of Advent: Zephaniah 3:14–20; Canticle: Isaiah 12:2–6; Philippians 4:4–7; Luke 3:7–18 Reminiscing is a natural thing to do. We do it when we’re young – when, as young adults, we become aware that we’ve left our childhood behind. We do it when we get older – grieving the passing of […]
Every day should be a day to focus on improving human rights. However, on this day we remember the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948. The season of Advent is meant to be a time of anticipation of opportunities to encounter Christ in our lives and in […]
This year, the Bishop’s Advent Appeal for the Diocese in Europe is directed towards the plight of refugees arriving in Greece. At a recent gathering of clergy, our suffragan Bishop, +David, described to us the almost overwhelming challenge of dealing with the thousands of refugees arriving weekly on Greek islands, especially those islands closest to Turkey. […]
Scripture for the day: Malachi 3:1–4; Benedictus (as Canticle); Philippians 1:3–11; Luke 3:1–6 Luke’s gospel announces the imminent arrival of Jesus with words echoing the prophets, whose language is often vivid, strident and striking. Sometimes it is not easy to discern the strain of peace in scripture; there is plenty of violence within the Old Testament, […]
Santa Margarita held its annual Christmas Bazaar on 5 December. For the first time, the bazaar coincided with a Christmas fair organised by the local council and the Menorca Britannia Association.