The Advent and Christmas season is a time when the sacred and secular sometimes seem opposed, and sometimes quite blurred. The word “sacred” points to something dedicated as holy and set apart.
This Advent you are invited to a spiritual journey of seeing all things full of the Holy. How does our experience of Advent and Christmas change if we live it imagining that everything is reflecting the sacred? As people of faith, it is imperative that we grapple with our incarnational faith and what it calls us to be and do.
Richard Rohr’s book The Universal Christ and its companion book of reflections, Every Thing is Sacred, invites us to imagine that indeed, every thing, every one, every encounter is pregnant with the sacred. Not in the sense of “where is God in this”, but in a more radical notion that “Christ is here and permeating and radiating from everywhere."
Rohr calls this the “Christ Mystery” or “Christ Mirror." and asks, “What if Christ is another name for everything – in its fullness?” He argues that the radical role of religion is to reconnect us to everything, to see ourselves and the world in wholeness.
The series consists of the following:
November 27 - Advent I: Sacred Time - Hope
December 4 - Advent 2: Sacred Knowing - Peace Order of Service
December 11 - Advent 3: Sacred Space – Joy
[Return of Angel Gifts]
December 18 - Advent 4: Sacred People – Love
December 25 - Christmas Day: Surprisingly Sacred [livestream only]
January 1 - Sunday After Christmas: Sacred Doing [livestream only]
As a companion to the series, we have created a weekly Reflection Guide with a series of questions for your reflection. If you receive a quarterly mail-out, this journal will be included in your package along with a poem by Derek Walcott titled “Love After Love” which speaks to the need to love and see the sacred reflected in oneself. Also included is a prayer card with two prayers from the Centre for Action and Contemplation. You may also download these materials (see below) or pick up copies at the church.
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