[In the business of the Christmas season, this brief article from 2003 invites us to pause and remember St Stephen. His Saint’s Day falls on December 26th, and day more readily remembered in my own culture as a shopping holiday, a day of exchanging unwanted gifts for sales bargains and spending Christmas money…] In the
Silent night, Holy night, Christmas cards, tinsel and bells, tender turkey and blood red ham, springtime lambs, fleecy white, pure and clean, each of us saved by the power of righteous living, going to heaven, holding tight: forget the dark, the dirt, the dung, antiseptic stable, deluxe suite, halos shining golden and bright, desert
by Jackson Browne All the streets are filled with laughter and light And the music of the season And the merchants windows are all bright With the faces of the children And the families hurrying to their homes As the sky darkens and freezes They’ll be gathering around the hearths and tales Giving thanks for
In the calendar of the Filipino Catholic church Christmas Day is followed by the feast of Stephen, the first martyr. Is this appropriate? The Philippine Daily Inquirer comments on 26 Dec 2003 from Clarentian Publications: “The joy and laughter of Christmas are still fresh and already blood and violence crowd their way into our consciousness.