Blue Christmas Services

Blue Christmas Services

Articles

December 18, 2017

[Anglican Journal] For those experiencing grief, loss or hardship, the Christmas season is far from the most wonderful time of the year. Typical holiday festivities—merry carol singing, decorating, gathering with family and purchasing gifts—emphasize joy and cheer, leaving little room for pain...

December 10, 2010

For the first time in four years, Margaret Rogers of Mira Loma, California, felt she could face Christmas in a new way.

"The holidays have been so awful, so lonely," since her 22-year-old son Derek Crawford was shot and killed in Los Angeles in July 2006, said Rogers after attending a...

December 4, 2008

Every December, it began like a Norman Rockwell painting. Sometimes, snow even fell outside the picture window as the family gathered to decorate the Christmas tree. Mom and Dad lifted the children to place ornaments on the upper branches, but when their hands were free, they downed martinis....

December 20, 2007

During these shortest days and longest nights of the year, many Episcopal Church congregations are offering services meant to bring comfort to those who struggle to find the joy of the Advent and Christmas seasons.

Often called Blue Christmas or Longest Night services, many take place...