Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Christmas comes but twice a year!

I am now back from retreat, the theme was the Incarnation, hence this blog title. I must admit that I didn't think we would quite stretch to nine lessons and carols followed by Christmas dinner - but we did and it was all rather imaginative. I don't know quite what the neighbours thought when hearing the strains of O Come all ye Faithful, but it must have given them some food for thought; we were more preoccupied with turkey...

Each group took responsibility for part of the readings and carols. As our group had a German speaker, we sang the popular German carol "Es ist ein Ros entsprungen", apparently there is an English version, but I have never heard it.


  1. Rather lovely, thanks for that.
    I've never heard it before and like all choristers, thought I knew everything!
    Merry Christmas (s) Sue.

  2. Season's Greetings. I hate the commercialisation at this time of year. Luckily, you teachers have six weeks holiday to celebrate the Incarnation.

  3. I've never done a led retreat, for me it was enough to spend a week alone in a hermitage at the monastery I visit (& was once a member of). I've even done a retreat over the Xmas octave - just spending Xmas Day with the community and the rest on my own.

    I'm surprised you haven't heard the German carol - it is a stock favourite of many Christmas concerts.

    Well, at least you had all the fun of Christmas without presents you didn't want or having to do the cooking. At the end of the day, Christmas is the least of the Christians festivals - try a bit of Orthodoxy, where Epiphany and Easter really come into their own!

    Glad you're back safe and sound and that it was a productive time!


  4. Christmas may well be the least of the festivals (and I don't like the commercialisation) but I've actually been reflecting a lot on Christmas this year. I find its message sometimes yields a more accessible meaning than Easter, or at least leads into an understanding of Easter. Hence I wrote this blog post at Easter this year which I almost called Crib and Cross, with a focus on the implications of a God of flesh and blood.
    It did seem rather relevant that the retreat was about Christmas - but next year it is on forgiveness, such a difficult topic for me that I may have to give it a miss!

  5. Fr Oder, It is Christmas every day for me from now until at least September the twenty something!