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Our Christmas Hope: Liturgy for the Grieving

December 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

Have you ever been at a rowdy party with lots of noise, laughter and bonhomie on every side when you suddenly realized you were not having a good time? In fact, you might have felt quite somber, even depressed and lonely. For many different reasons this is how many people feel during the Christmas holidays. Precisely when we think we should be feeling joy and happiness, we feel grief instead. We may have lost a loved one during the previous year and this is the first Christmas without them. A relationship with someone we cared about may have failed, or we may be confused or sad for reasons we cannot articulate. This sadness is made worse because it comes at a time when others are “Ho-Ho-Hoing” their way through the season. Much of our culture at Christmas dissipates the meaning of the biblical message – “God has become human and has come to dwell with us.”

This is why, once again, we are offering a service of  OUR CHRISTMAS HOPE, an opportunity to acknowledge our pain and grief – even at a time of seeming giddiness in the culture – and to bring the love of God into our lives in a meaningful way. The service will be contemplative as we celebrate the true meaning of the season – “a light has shined in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.” Come take part in this liturgy for the health of our souls.



December 16, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Rev. Dr. John McCard


St. James’s Episcopal Church
1205 W. Franklin St.
Richmond,VA23220United States
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