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Christmas

19/11 NOV 2019

The Christian calendar year: Advent: A season of attentive waiting

by Steve Bell   He came with love to Bethlehem; He comes with grace into our souls; He will come with justice at the end of the world. Father Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalene Advent simply means “to come” (Latin: advenire, from ad-’to’ venire-’come’). Christians have traditionally set aside this liturgical season to anticipate the […]

19/10 Oct 2019

Operation Christmas Child: Salem’s Dream: helping as many children as possible

Time to pack shoeboxes   From her earliest days, 11-year-old Salem Keogh remembers her mother packing Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for children in need. Now, she’s leading the way for her Calgary family to provide gift-filled boxes for 10,000 children. “You should help as many kids as you can because God loves everyone,” said Salem, […]

18/12 Dec 2018

Calgary Christmas markets

by Agnes Chung   It is Christmas time. Nowhere else buzzes with more festivity than the Christmas markets. Experience the season’s sounds, scents, and sights, while browsing for unique gifts and savouring scrumptious treats. Here are two popular family-friendly markets that make for unbeatable festive ambience. Heritage Park Historical Village Spread over 127 acres, the […]

18/12 Dec 2018

The reformer and Christmas: another side of Luther

by Marion Van Driel   Contemplating the Protestant Reformation finds us wondering at Luther’s courage as he dared challenge the political and religious leaders of his day to change their ways. It’s easy to imagine Martin Luther in his solitary cell, furrowed brow, Bible open, working out his doctrinal positions, ink and quill scratching rough […]

18/12 Dec 2018

A very Mennonite Christmas

By Laureen F. Guenther Albert and Tena Guenther of Saskatoon grew up in the 1940s and 1950s on family farms just north of the city, with large extended families nearby. Their families attended traditional Mennonite churches, but the children attended local English-speaking schools. At school, in the weeks before Christmas, Tena remembers, they’d push back […]

Featured Article

Immanuel, God with us

By Giulio Lorefice Gabeli   Shortly after the celebration of Thanksgiving we begin to see the transformation of our neighbourhood; churches, buildings, city squares and shopping malls are adorned with colourful lights, Christmas trees and festive decorations. Adding to this marvellous visual is the sound of Christmas carols and songs which are played in just […]

Community

A cultured Christmas

A Nagas Christmas in Northeastern India (Tribal Style) Rathiulung Elias Khangchien sees Christmas as the most celebrated event among the tribes of north-east India. The much-anticipated festival is observed in grand manner with family members gathering together from near and far. The time focuses more on the larger community than on just the family who […]

18/12 Dec 2018

A closer look at St. Nicholas

by Agnes Chung   Santa Claus is perhaps the most popular cultural icon at Christmas. Most of us think of the jolly man’s charitable gift-giving and hearty “ho ho ho.” But to get to a true picture of who St. Nick was in his day (the 300s AD), take a trip to Bari, Italy, where […]