Few things that Episcopal Churches do are noticed as widely as the now annual custom of offering ashes to people in public places such as
People may argue for December because Christmas without all the trimmings (and the people) can be a lonely affair, but, at least in my eyes, the thought of a new year is like a stretch of Route 66 that was as straight as an arrow and went on for what seemed like half a million miles with absolutely nothing much in the way of scenery and the mountains that loomed in the distance never seeming to get any closer.
The real hope of Advent is that God, in God’s way and God’s time, is bringing to completion what God began in Jesus, a hope that animates and empowers God’s people with a genuine zest for life. So this Advent, please do not obstruct these gates; instead, let’s proclaim the one who is life itself.
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