We light the first candle of the four candles on the Advent wreath and begin to prepare ourselves for the "Reason for the Season" by singing "Joy to the World."
Cradle and cross are inextricably connected on the Second Sunday of Advent. Between a lovely tribute to the little town of Bethlehem and the blessed virgin Mary’s magnificent song of praise, the letter to the Hebrews reminds us in no uncertain terms that Christ’s advent is for “the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
Forerunners and messengers advance the advent of our God. We are called to participate in the faithful sharing of the gospel like Elizabeth, Zechariah and John. In so doing we too prepare the way.
Following the star, they went
with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child Jesus lying in the manger. They made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed.
Since 1866 the congregation has celebrated with the children telling the story of the birth of Jesus. No rehearsals needed for the Christmas Pageant!
"O Come All Ye Faithful" and come those who have never heard of Jesus before. St. James St. Jacobs in Saint Jacobs is the only Church in the Village with a worship service on Christmas Day. Everyone is welcome.