Thursday, December 20, 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 111 S. Jefferson, Moscow, Idaho, Moscow, ID US 83843

Coordinator: Mother Robin Biffle, Rector

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The Christmas season can be especially painful for those who are hurting: grieving, distressed, addicted, lonely, ill—those who are enduring any particularly tender time.

The Blue Christmas liturgy acknowledges the pain many of us suffer, and reminds us that Jesus enters the world, enters human life, and enters our individual lives, even if—especially if—we are struggling or in pain; Jesus comes to offer the "peace that passes understanding."

The candlelit service of remembrance and hope may also suit those who simply appreciate a quieter, more intimate celebration of the mystery of Emmanuel ("With-Us-God"). Readings and poetry include excerpts from James Agee, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Hafiz, Henri Nouwen, Mary Oliver, Fr. Richard Rohr, and Rumi, as well as from the Bible.

There are also special musical offerings—beyond "traditional" Christmas music.

Here is a reflection on "What to do when the holidays hurt."

Please join us for this shared time of remembering and healing and an invitation to turn again to hope in this season of grace and peace.