The First Sunday of Christmas

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The First Sunday of Christmas

Published: 29th December, 2023
It’s still Christmas! And so our celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord continues this Sunday. We hear again the story of the events following Jesus’ birth at Bethlehem (pictured) from Luke’s gospel, although this Sunday a slightly longer portion than we heard on Christmas Day. The location at Bethlehem, and also the involvement of the shepherds, remind us of Jesus’ connection with David, the flawed hero and shepherd king of ancient Israel. Although this dimension to Jesus’ identity may have received less emphasis as Christianity became a largely gentile religion, understanding Jesus’ as the “Son of David” was clearly very important to His first Jewish followers, and His fulfilment of Davidic kingship is an important strand in the connection between the Old and New Testaments. We are also reminded of the struggles facing Christians in the Holy Land at this time, and we pray for them.
This Sunday:
8am Holy Communion (BCP) (St Mary’s)
9.30am Sung Eucharist (St Mary’s)
11.15am Matins (BCP, said) (St Nicholas, Remenham)
4pm Evening Prayer (BCP, said) (St Mary’s)
A reminder that New Year’s Day is the Feast of the Naming and Circumcision of Jesus: you can get 2024 off to a good start by joining us for our celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the civilised hour of 11am.