12.10.22 EChurch@Wartburg Dr Scot McKnight: Just Who Was Mary of Christmas?

‘A Christmas Prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson link

Loving Father, Help us remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds,
and worship of the wise men.

Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world.
Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.
Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.

May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children,
and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts,
forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake.

St. Augustine of Hippo – AD 354-440 link

Let the just rejoice,
for their justifier is born.
Let the sick and infirm rejoice,
For their saviour is born.
Let the captives rejoice,
For their Redeemer is born.
Let slaves rejoice,
for their Master is born.
Let free men rejoice,
For their Liberator is born.
Let All Christians rejoice,
For Jesus Christ is born.

Liturgy of the Hours, Fridays in Advent link

All-powerful God,
help us to look forward in hope
to the coming of our Savior.
May we live as he taught,
ready to welcome him with burning love and faith.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

This is 10 years old, so the audio isn’t perfect, but it is well worth the listen.


Benediction link

Go into the world with assurance, hope and promise:
the the grace of the Word of life rest upon you;
the love of the Source of life embrace you;
and the transforming power of the Breath of life
help, strengthen and surprise you,
this day and all your days.


12.10.22 EChurch@Wartburg Dr Scot McKnight: Just Who Was Mary of Christmas? — 8 Comments

  1. Thanks, Dee; this is very encouraging. I hope that Prof. McKnight has many students; the churches need them.

  2. Hail Mary full of grace
    The Lord is with thee…

    I still think it’s one of the most beautiful prayers ever.
    And I’m not even Catholic.

  3. This was a beautiful service. Thank you, Dee, as always.

    I had to chuckle at Scot McKnight’s reference to the protestant aversion to ‘venerating’ Mary. I was brought up that way but I agree with Muff’s comment above.

  4. Since I started addressing her as “Now look, Wonder Woman” I’ve realised how relatively little of the baggage she agrees with, of some more senior of those who most hype her.

  5. I see no reason whatsoever that Mary should not be venerated.
    And neither did Luke’s Magnificat.
    Luke 1:46-55

  6. christiane,

    Oh, how wonderful and beautiful! Thank you!

    I agree with Muff’s comment, too, even though I did not grow up in a Catholic environment.