Iraq declares Christmas Day a public holiday

Dec 27, 2018 by

by Nick Hallett, Catholic Herald: The Iraqi government has officially declared December 25 a public holiday to mark “the birth of Jesus Christ”. All citizens of the majority Muslim nation will now mark the date as a national holiday, as opposed to just Christians. “Happy Christmas to our Christian citizens, all Iraqis and to all who are celebrating around the world,” the government said on Twitter. “We extend our warmest wishes to Christians in Iraq and around the world for a very happy and...

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Christmas Messages

Dec 26, 2018 by

Newer items at the top: Bishop Philip North’s Christmas message for 2018 The Bishop of Chichester’s Christmas message 2018 The Queen’s Christmas message for 2018 Archbishop of Canterbury urges UK to forget tribalism in Christmas sermon – BBC News UK faith leaders warn against division in Christmas messages, Guardian May and Corbyn deliver Christmas messages, BBC God’s love leaves no room for hatred or tribalism, says Archbishop of Canterbury, Christian Today Peace in...

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A happy and blessed Christmas to all our readers

Dec 25, 2018 by

from the team at Anglican Mainstream. Gafcon General Secretary’s Christmas Message The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Ecumenical Christmas Letter Archbishop Sentamu’s invitation to Follow the Star this Christmas Church leaders’ Christmas messages highlight poverty and homelessness, BBC Come ye faithful: Church issues call to spread the word by Kaya Burgess, The Times (£) An Elegy to the Virgin Birth by Peter Murcott, Rebel Priest A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from...

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Feast of the Nativity

Dec 25, 2018 by

Tues Dec 25 am: 2, 85 pm: 132, 110 Micah 4:1-5, 5:2-4 1 John 4:7-16 John 3:26-31 Notes on the Liturgical Feast for Today – Feast of the Nativity – Christmas  The first evidence of the feast is from Egypt  About A.D. 200, Clement of Alexandria says that certain Egyptian over curiously theologians” assign, not the year alone, but the day of Christ’s birth, placing it on 25 Pachon (20 May) in the twenty-eighth year of Augustus but 354, civil documents in Rome contain three...

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Queen to urge Britain to put aside its ‘deeply held differences’

Dec 24, 2018 by

by Hannah Furness, Telegraph: The Queen is to urge Britain to overcome “deeply held differences” by treating one another with “respect and as a fellow human being” in her Christmas message to the nation. Her Majesty will share a message of peace and goodwill she says is needed “as much as ever” in her annual festive broadcast. “Even with the most deeply held differences, treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good first step...

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Follow that star tonight, Bethlehem, Bethlehem…

Dec 24, 2018 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: Thousands upon thousands of people will go to church tonight, and that’ll be it for another year. They’ll hear about Mary and a donkey, a star and three kings, shepherds and angels, a stable and a manger, and a baby. And they’ll sing about them, too, mostly without thinking too hard about the lyrics; many with a tear in their eyes remembering happy Christmases past; of joy and laughter with loved ones who are no longer here; of dreams unfulfilled, hopes dashed and...

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