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Blue Christmas/Longest Night

Blue Christmas/Longest Night Worship With Those Who Mourn

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Not everyone is up and cheery for the Christmas holidays. Dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, living with cancer, and a number of other human situations make parties and joviality painful for many people in our congregations and communities. There is a growing attentiveness to the needs of people who are blue at Christmas. Increasing numbers of churches are creating sacred space for people living through dark times.  

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Blue Christmas: A Service of Reflection for the Longest Night

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This service was used at The Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew, Honolulu, HI. The service is available by arrangement with the cathedral's Provost, The Very Rev. Timothy W. Sexton. Churches wishing to use this service in whole or in part should acknowledge the source with this or a similar attribution: "The 'Blue Christmas' service used today/tonight is based on an order developed and used at The Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew, Honolulu Hawaii."

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Notes and Commentary on the Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew (CoSA) “Blue Christmas” Liturgy

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There are a number of features of the "Blue Christmas" rite that are not fully evident from the printed order. Indeed, this is one of the risks that goes with equating liturgy and printed texts. Liturgies as experienced theology are always more than the texts that support them. Indeed, lived liturgy is our primary experience of God. These notes and commentary are secondary reflection.

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A Service of Word and Table for Longest Night/Blue Christmas

Liturgy

This service is especially designed for people who have lost loved ones in the past year. Be sure to invite all families that have had funerals in the last year. You may wish to contact local hospital, hospice and other institutional chaplains as well.

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Chuck Knows Church: Blue Christmas

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For some of us Christmas can be a time of stress and anxiety. Joy and cheer sometimes are overwhelmed by sadness. Chuck talks about "Blue Christmas" and what we can do to help others who feel the weight of the season.

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Blue X-mas

Liturgy

This year will be nothing like
Those that came before.
There won't be carols
A banquet or gifts
Just vacant space
Where we once talked
Where we once laughed 

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Blue Christmas? Or Longest Night Communion?

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Is "Blue Christmas" the best way to frame it for Christian congregations? And is a separate service focusing on grief and loss the best we have to offer?

Blue Christmas? Or Longest Night Communion? »