Comfort and Peace at Christmas: A Service of Healing for Aching Hearts

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17, 7 P.M., in the cathedral nave Thomsen Chapel (note change of location)

Although the Christmas season is claimed by our culture as festive and happy, for many people it is a painful time of year. Memories of loved ones who have passed away or other losses can stir up grief and exacerbate loneliness. For those who are grappling with the loss of health or happier times, the expectation of jolliness can feel oppressive. And for others, preparation for Christmas stirs up a general sadness that is hard to pin down.

Saint Mark’s has a long-standing tradition of holding a “Blue Christmas” service to create space for quiet and peace for those who experience Christmas as difficult or painful. This special service of scripture, candle lighting, and healing prayer is intended to honor whatever you may be going through, while offering the hope of light and peace. This year, the liturgy will be offered in the cathedral nave. UPDATE: The liturgy will be offered in Thomsen Chapel, as in previous years. It is not livestreamed.

We will acknowledge the grief, sadness, and other uncomfortable feelings of the Christmas season and offer them to the One who loves us and helps us to bear our burdens. All will be invited to name those for whom we desire God’s care and grace. In addition, participants can light a candle as a sign of turning toward God’s love, and receive individual prayers for healing, with anointing and laying on of hands, for themselves or on behalf of another.Dean Steve Thomason will preside, and Rev. Linzi Stahlecker will offer a reflection. All are welcome.

All are welcome at this service, wherever you are on your spiritual journey or whatever concerns you bring.

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