A Story at Christmas 2020 Sarah sat perched, somewhat precariously for her young age, on a tall wooden stool just behind and to the right of a large reception desk where her father sat as he welcomed the guests. There was a flurry of activity. One family was arriving right after the other.    When…

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National Lessons and Carols From the Cathedrals across Canada with the Primate, Archbishop Linda Nicholls as Officiant Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. —Isaiah 7:14 The service of Lessons and Carols is one of the most widely-anticipated and well-known events during Advent. And yet, many may…

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Commentary for Advent IV 20 December 2020 The texts for this week, Advent 4, are 2 Sam 7.1-11, 16, Lk. 1.47-55, Rom. 16.25-27, and Lk 1.26-38 By Father Doug Woods Get the readings It’s dark and dreary today.  I think I have a real sense of what the carol “In the Bleak Midwinter” is talking…

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Advent III Read today’s gospel scripture → JOHN 1:6-8, 19-28 As the new year of the Church unfolds, we now have entered the Third Sunday in Advent. This third Sunday is Gaudete. The Sunday for joy. It is hard to feel joyful in these times of COVD, but let us try. It is important. A…

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Commentary for Advent III 13 Decemeber 2020 The texts for this week are:  Isaiah 61:1-4, Psalm 126, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, and John 1:6-8, 19-28. By Father Doug Woods Get the readings It snowed today.  It was really heavy and wet, typical early winter snow—not cold enough to give us the powder we normally get.  But…

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Commentary for Advent II 6 December 2020 The texts:  Isaiah 40:1-11, Psalm 85.1-2, 8-13, 2 Peter 3:8-15a, and Mark 1:1-8. By Father Doug Woods Get the readings Isaiah 40:1-11 Isaiah was possibly written over a long period of time, running from the eighth century BCE to as late as the second century BCE.  Most commentators…

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The Second Sunday of Advent Read today’s gospel scripture → Mark 1: 1-8 PLEASE NOTE: This homily contains direct and indirect references to the Gospel passage. Having it fresh in your mind will be helpful for understanding and reflection. Advent is a time of expectation and of longing. The words of the Prophet Isaiah echo…

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The First Sunday of Advent Read today’s gospel scripture → Mark 13: 24-37 PLEASE NOTE: This homily contains direct and indirect references to the Gospel passage. Having it fresh in your mind will be helpful for understanding and reflection. With a pandemic that spares no corner of the globe as a pall hanging over every…

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Commentary forAdvent I 29 November 2020 This week’s texts: Isaiah 64.1-9, Psalm 80.1-7, 17-19, 1 Corinthians 1.3-9, and Mark 13.24-37. By Father Doug Woods Get the readings Hello again! It’s a grey day today—typical November. It snowed on Sunday—10 cm.—and some of it’s still here. It’s supposed to warm up over the next several days,…

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From St Martins-in-the-Field Church of England Mark the First Sunday of Advent with this online Comfort and Joy service. From St Martin-in-the-Fields with Rev Sam Wells, the service observes the start of Advent with music, reflection and prayer. Watch now … Available Sunday 29 November from 9 am GMT (4 am ET)

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