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Churches in the Anglican tradition follow the English tradition of celebrating Christmas on the Twelve Days of Christmas (as in the well-known carol) between Christmas Day and Epiphany, so our Christmas decorations and flowers were still up at St. Francis Sunday, January 1 and the Advent Wreath and candles were up. Also in the Anglican or English tradition, January 1 is The Feast of the Circumcision of Christ and to celebrate this important feast day Bishop Hartley wore his full bishop’s regalis for the procession and recession, making for a very festive occasion.
Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the theme of this feast day, which is new beginnings and a renewal of purpose and direction in our spiritual lives. It was on this day that Jesus was named and received his identity according to Jewish tradition and is also known in Christian tradition as Holy Name Day for as St. Luke says, “his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the Angel before he was conceived in the womb.”
We were happy our college students were home for the holidays, Jennifer Berthold from College of the Ozarks and Chandler Connell from Kettering U in Michigan.
Bishop Glen Hartley conducts services Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and all are welcome. Visit our website at stfrancisavamo.org.