Sunday, January 5, 2014

more on Epiphany! (and "Let Us Keep the Feast")

First, an enlightening interview from Anna Moseley Gissing about celebrating Epiphany. An excerpt:
I grew up in a liturgical tradition in the Episcopal Church. As a family, we observed Advent and Christmas, Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. But I didn’t grow up celebrating Epiphany. I first became aware of Epiphany as a day to celebrate about eight years ago when I read an article about it by Lauren Winner who says, “In my view, Epiphany is one of the most important and sadly under-celebrated seasons of the church year” and I wanted to learn more about it.
Read the whole thing here.

And here is a neat review of "Let Us Keep the Feast" over at Watkins Every Flavored Beans:
I often have people ask me where to start in celebrating the church year or ask questions like "What are the twelve days of Christmas?" and often they really want to know; they are intrigued by the idea that families can live the church year in such tangible ways. I have lots of resources I love, but they are all so full of extra ideas and other holidays through the year, that there was no one simple place to point them. That is where this little book is brilliant. It is not the most exhaustive list of ideas and resources, but it is simple, unintimidating and a wonderful little handbook . . .
Thank you, Emily!

And some more kind words about "Let Us Keep the Feast":

"In a day of nonstop multisensory overload, these writers beckon us into the contemplative and sacred space of the church's calendar and focus our senses on the festive delights of Christian reflection and worship. For those of us who feel adrift in a culture spinning and swirling without orientation, Let Us Keep the Feast can recalibrate our lives, centering our hearts on Christ and anchoring our practices in church and home within the lively traditions of the saints."

-Andrew Byers, Chaplain of St Mary's College, Durham University and author of 'TheoMedia: The Media of God in the Digital Age' and 'Faith Without Illusions: Following Jesus as a Cynic-Saint.'

I hope you've had the chance to check out a copy!

Peace of Christ to you,
Jessica Snell

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