People of the Nativity
Sunday, Dec. 8
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Cardondelet
Join us for a quiet afternoon service as we hear the voices of those who participated in the events of Jesus' birth in the Gospel narratives. In the midst of the holiday frenzy, immerse yourself in the sacred story in a sacred, creative space.
Organizers invited the community to adopt the mind of one of the characters in the nativity story and write a short reflection based on their perspective. They'll compile the narratives in a service of reflection, meditating on the experiences of these people of the Nativity.
Here are the people:
- Shepherd (Luke 2:8-20)
- Angel Gabriel (Luke 1:11f, Luke 1:26f)
- Wise man/Magi (Matthew 2:1-12)
- Herod (Matthew 2:1 - 19)
- Inn Keeper (Luke 2:7)
- Elizabeth (Luke 1)
- Zachariah (Luke 1)
- Joseph (Luke 2; Matthew 1:18-2:23)
- Mary (Luke 1:26 - 2:35, Matthew 1:18-2:23)
- Mary's parent Protoevangelum Jacobi (this is a text from the non-canonical apocrypha - use it as you wish - you can just use your imagination too!) -
- Mary's neighbor (imagine your most annoying neighbor and insert into this context)
- Joseph's brother (imagination required)
- Mary and Joseph's Rabbi (imagination required)
- Simeon (Luke 2:22-38)
- Anna (Luke 2:22-38)
- Other...cow, donkey, angel - you decide
The reflections give a sense of the feelings, hopes, and context of the character each writer selected. All are invited to attend. There will be plenty of candles and a cello player who will play Christmas hymns in between readings.