2 thoughts on “Gloria”

  1. We got a dee-doubly-do dose of “O Come Emmanuel” type music yesterday at University Lutheran. Some really good hymns from the LBW. There is such a richness of such music from that tradition, and the Anglican as well. I’m with you on the Advent celebration: the anticipation is really great, followed by the reality of Christmas.

  2. I’m not surprised that a formal Presbyterian churc or an indpendent church didn’t do much to recognize Advent, since following church calendar is part of formal Presbyterian Church Order, and not at all acknowledged in any formal way in any indpendent congregation that I have ever heard of.

    As far as I know, only Lutherans, Episcopals and their offbranches like Methodists observe formal church calendars with all the Lent, Advent, etc. seasons.

    I’ve been a member of a couple of Presbyterian churches and there have been times when there isn’t any mention of Christmas at all in the preaching until the Sunday before Christmas.

    Probably one reason why Christmas took off so much commercially in this country is that it filled a void in the 1800’s when most Protestants did not observe Christmas that much or for more than a day or so, and new immigrants from Europe with a Catholic or Lutheran heritage wanted to observe it longer.

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