Friday, December 26, 2014

Happy St. Stephen's Day and Other Miscellany

While the daily blogging for Advent is over, I've found myself used to creating a blog, so I thought I'd share a couple of things for today.

First, it is St. Stephen's Day, and the collect is:  "GRANT, O Lord, that, in all our sufferings here upon earth for the testimony of thy truth, we may steadfastly look up to heaven, and by faith behold the glory that shall be revealed; and, being filled with the Holy Ghost, may learn to love and bless our persecutors by the example of thy first Martyr Saint Stephen, who prayed for his murderers to thee, O blessed Jesus, who standest at the right hand of God to succor all those who suffer for thee, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

Next, I ran across a blog that was posted on the Diocese of Montana's Facebook page that is a wonderful collection of "letters" that Mary might have written to her Aunt Elizabeth.  I highly recommend it.

Today is also Boxing Day in Great Britain.  This tradition dating back to the 17th Century is for gratuities to be paid to those who have provided you services throughout the year - they would receive a "Christmas Box" - although these days, it tends to be more monetary than items.  Think about saying "Thank you" to those who provide you services throughout the year.  Although we should always do this, something extra special would not go amiss.

And finally, there is an interesting story associated with St. Stephen's Day and hunting the wren.  Rather a gruesome tradition.

May today bless you with insights and clarity as you begin planning your projects for next year.

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