(Monday’s post coming out a little early in case you want to do this at the weekend.) On the Twelfth Day of Christmas my true love … finally took the hint and we had roast partridge for dinner, with a nice pear crumble for pudding! Twelfth Night (January 5th) marks the official end of Christmas … More Chalking the Doorway: A House Blessing for Epiphany, plus mindfulness colouring (and yellow stockings!)
This is the second part of a reflection on Epiphany. Check out last week’s post for a meditation about gifts. This part thinks about who may come. Reflecting Three Wise Men? Three Kings? Magi? Every year there is confusion at the nativity play: were they kings or wise men? And what are Magi, anyway*? The … More Isaiah 60:1-6 Matthew 2:1-12 – Epiphany
Engaging The wise men brought some pretty weird gifts for a new-born baby. Surely a blanket or baby-grow would have been more use? Or, I dunno, a proper bed? But the wise men brought what they had, and that’s all anyone can do. We also, can bring to God what we have. We may look … More Isaiah 60:1-6 Matthew 2:1-12 – Epiphany
This labyrinth is a Journey to Bethlehem with stops along the way, one for each day. The readings help us to walk with Mary on the journey of Advent, as we look for the coming of the babe who would change the world. … More Journey to Bethlehem – a Labyrinth for Advent
Noel: Pack away the crib? Pack away the crib? You can’t do that!
Holly: Why ever not?
Noel: Because we haven’t finished with it yet.
Holly: Of course we’ve finished with it. Christmas is over. Baby Jesus, cows and donkeys, nice story for the kids. Done. Finished. Crib – box! … More Matthew 2:1-12 – Away with the Tinsel
Narr: So the three wise men packed their pyjamas and their tooth brushes, and went on a long journey to find the new king. They took presents with them too. Balthazar took a very useful present. Melchior took the latest new toy. Gaspar – well Gaspar took … mmmm-errr … something.
Bal: Urgh, I hate long journeys. These camels really give me the hump. … More Bold, Frankenstein and Mmmm-err
Epiphany – In the days of The Great and Mighty Roman Empire there were the good jobs – emperor, obviously, if you could keep the knives out of your back – and then there were the not-so-good jobs. Such as governor of Judea. Really, it was a bit of a dump. This was the job you got lumbered with when you had upset someone important. Judea was a cultural backwater, a nowhere, full of nobodies. Even the local religion was pathetic – they only had one god, for goodness sake! … More Matthew 2:1-12
(aside to audience) except that the scientific terminology won’t be invented for a couple of thousand years yet, so we’re a bit ahead of our time here.
But what could it mean?
Mel: Well, I’ve been looking through my guide to the stars (holds up celebrity gossip magazine) and it says that the new star means a new king!
Bal: That’s amazing! We should go and visit him. We could take gifts too – something useful would be good.
Or the latest toy – something every kid would want. … More Bold, Frankenstein and Mmmm-errr