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Epiphany

I note with interest the Nativity at our church.  When we first started attending there, their Nativity Scene was in sore need of updating.  It was evident with the mismatched figures, so obviously different or else why would a lamb be the same size as a person?  I was relieved a few years ago when they purchased a new set.  It was new, lovely — and the figures in  proportion to one another.

Because the Magi don’t show up until the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6th, they are there on December 25th, but not nearby.  Holy Trinity handles it by putting the Magi on the far side of the church.

Last week they had made it midway across the church, by the altar.  In fact, they were hiding in amidst the poinsettias on the altar steps.  (They must have heard that Herod was in the neighborhood.)  So it was with interest that I noted their progress today.  There they were, outside the manger, adoring the Christ Child.  Their journey was complete.

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Last Sunday afternoon I attended a lecture about the stained glass windows in our church, the Church of the Most Holy Trinity.  Established in 1810, this is the church’s Bicentennial year.  There have been several events to celebrate the event that we’ve missed for one reason or another, so I really wanted to attend this offering.  I even got there early and found a good seat.  The professor who gave the lecture had even written a book about the windows.  She was difficult to hear — even miked, many people forget that they still must project into the microphone.  “Let me begin with a history of stained glass windows . . . .”

I fell fast asleep.  I mean outgonesound asleep.  I woke up about 15 minutes  from the end and I have no idea of what she covered for a half hour.  She did show slides that illustrated the windows were copied from famous paintings from Christ’s life.  That, in a nutshell, is what I learned.

When friends said, “Wasn’t that a great talk?”  I nodded.   I also learned that the day bed on the porch is much more comfortable than a church pew.

 

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