Fridays with Michael Spencer: On Christmas Eve Eve

A Classic Michael Spencer Post From Christmas 2008 My favorite piece of liturgy in the world is a sentence in the opening section of the Traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols broadcast round the world on the BBC. Why is it so moving? Because it is beautiful and true. Each year, as more andContinue reading “Fridays with Michael Spencer: On Christmas Eve Eve”

Another Look: The Pastoral Nativity

“Luke is interested in the symbolism of the manger, and the lack of room in the lodgings may be no more than a vague surmise in order to explain the mention of a manger. This manger is not a sign of poverty but is probably meant to evoke God’s complaint against Israel in Isaiah 1:3:Continue reading “Another Look: The Pastoral Nativity”

IM Gift Guide 2016 — Part One: Books

IM Gift Guide 2016 — Part One: Books If you haven’t made up your Christmas wish list yet, here are a few items we recommend for gift-receiving and giving this year. The links in today’s post and in most posts throughout the year will take you to Amazon, where Internet Monk is an Associate. That means if youContinue reading “IM Gift Guide 2016 — Part One: Books”

Christmastide II: He makes it possible not to give up

Christmastide II He makes it possible not to give up I consider it a providential blessing that our New Year’s Day falls within the bounds of Christmastide. Both speak of new beginnings and hope, and both seem to refresh our spirits, energizing them to start again when we have tired. Here is a brief excerpt from aContinue reading “Christmastide II: He makes it possible not to give up”

Please…confront me with the strangeness of Christmas

The story of Jesus has no bite. A tame “baby Jesus” makes his annual, heart-warming appearance, and leaves us largely un-bothered and un-changed. Yet when I read the two Gospel accounts, I am struck by how strange these narratives are, unsettling and fantastical at every corner. • W. David O. Taylor • • • ThankContinue reading “Please…confront me with the strangeness of Christmas”

Christmastide I: Various Christmas sermons of note

Pope Francis, Urib et Orbi Message Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Christmas! Christ is born for us, let us rejoice in the day of our salvation! Let us open our hearts to receive the grace of this day, which is Christ himself.  Jesus is the radiant “day” which has dawned on the horizon of humanity.  AContinue reading “Christmastide I: Various Christmas sermons of note”

Sundays with Michael Spencer: Dec. 28, 2014

Note from CM: 2015 will mark five years since the death of Michael Spencer, the Internet Monk. Throughout the year, we will feature special remembrances to honor his memory and contributions. One of the ways we will do that is to give Michael his say every Sunday. We begin today, with a post that wasContinue reading “Sundays with Michael Spencer: Dec. 28, 2014”

Boxing Day – And Another Ancestor Story

Only 100 years ago the number of people who died from disease was staggering. In 1918 the so called “Spanish Flu” swept the world killing an estimated 50-100 million people. At that time that represented three to five percent of the world’s population. Among the dead, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, was my Great-grandfather William RobertContinue reading “Boxing Day – And Another Ancestor Story”

Wishing You a Jesus-Shaped Christmas

Lo! newborn Jesus Soft and weak and small, Wrapped in baby’s bands By His Mother’s hands, Lord God of all. Lord God of Mary, Whom His Lips caress While He rocks to rest On her milky breast In helplessness. Lord God of shepherds Flocking through the cold, Flocking through the dark To the only Ark,Continue reading “Wishing You a Jesus-Shaped Christmas”