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A Bundle of Myrrh

"My beloved is unto me as a bundle of myrrh." Song of Solomon 1:13

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The Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple – February 2

Sunday, February 4th, 2018

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“And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” Luke 2

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The Feast of Epiphany – January 6

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

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Blessed Epiphany!

I love this festival. This is a feast day of  such glory and exultation and for me, it’s a nice way to gently ease myself down from the celebrating the season of Christmas brings. In some cultures Epiphany is called “Little Christmas” or the “Gentile’s Christmas.” This is the day we rejoice in the Light who has come to Lighten the Gentiles:

“I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness;
  I will take you by the hand and keep you;
I will give you as a covenant for the people,
  a light for the nations,
 to open the eyes that are blind,

to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
 from the prison those who sit in darkness.” Isaiah 42

And as Simeon says:

“For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” Luke 2

It is the day we sing; “And may praise Thee, ever blest, God in man made manifest.”

“The feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord commemorates no event but presents an idea that assumes concrete form only through the facts of our Lord’s life. The idea of Epiphany is that the Christ who was born in Bethlehem is recognized by the world as God. At Christmas, God appears as man, and at Epiphany, this man appears before the world as God.” Treasury of Daily Prayer

So, I really like making a pretty big deal out of it.

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Katharina Von Bora Luther – December 20

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

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On December 20th the Church remembers Katharina Von Bora Luther, or Katie Luther wife of Martin Luther. I’ll admit so many of these commemorations this close to Christmas usually slip by me. I always intend to keep these days somehow, especially Katie Luther day, but there’s always so much going on etc etc.

But this year we marked the day…two times! On Wednesday the 20th I talked to the kids in the morning about Katharina, who she was and some of what she is known for doing. One of those is for making beer, like Daddy does.  I was sick and sent to bed before we could make our own “beer” that evening, so we got to talk about Katie the next day as well.

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Adam and Eve – December 19

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

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On December 19th the Church remembers Adam and Eve. The 3 littles and I keep this day by making Adam and Eve books. We talk about the Devil and sin and why Jesus had to come to die for us.

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