17 January 2010

2nd Sun after Epiphany aka 2nd Sun in Ordinary Time

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Some churches celebrate the Christmas season a little longer than others. I like to visit Mount Olive Lutheran Church down near the corner of 24th and Central because they sing lustily all those great Christmas hymns well after the Nativity of Our Lord, they have great Christmas decorations which they enjoy until some time in February at least, possibly into early March according to the calendar of seasons in the hymnal, and they know how things should be done in general.

We Christians probably have more good songs for Christmas than any other season. Instead of stretching out the season back toward All Hallows Eve, as the commercial world would have us do, the church chooses to play with time in the other direction, i.e. with a long Epiphany season.


Today's Gospel reading was the Wedding at Cana, a great reading for those who would wax eloquently on the vagaries of Time. Who else was lucky enough to sing Once in Royal David's City today?—and, it should be noted, practice a little gentle irony too? Have you seen Bethlehem these days?

On one side of the altar there are a large collection of angel dolls, and on the other side is a nicely done tableau of Bethlehem and Our Lord's Incarnation, see above for a part of it, and of course, a couple of nicely done Christmas trees, one mainly splendid Chrismons. There are a lot of really nice people too.

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