50 Days

There are some Church of England parishes that keep their Christmas decorations and creche in place until February 2, the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple. The thinking behind this custom is that just as we celebrate Easter with the Great Fifty Days between that feast and Pentecost, so Christmas merits its own 50-day observance.

That’s a nice thought this week as most of us return to the work grind after the holidays. At Incarnation, we will start taking the decorations down this week and will finish following the Sunday after the Epiphany (January 10), when we remember the Baptism of Jesus.

But whatever we do to observe the Incarnation of Christ, we can hardly be too grateful that God has come among us, full of grace and truth. —J. Douglas Ousley

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