Sunday, December 8 was the Second Sunday in Advent, but it was also the Sunday of snow and I did not make it to church, but Fr. Glen told me that a small group of people did make it, those with more courage and larger vehicles than I, so they were able to have church. Sunday, December 15 was the Third Sunday in Advent and I did make it to church thanks to Joe and Anna who offered me a ride. This is a special day in the Anglican tradition as it is Rose Sunday, another ancient tradition we keep, and the third Advent candle as well as altar and vestment colors are rose instead of royal blue, symbolizing the lessening of the solemnity of the season and the coming new life in Christ. This candle is known as the Shepherds’ candle and the day is known as gaudet or rejoicing Sunday.
The theme for this day is rejoicing, as well as, judgment and Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the Old Testament reading for the day from the first chapter of Jeremiah, the calling of the prophet, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah was sent not only to the Jews but to everyone.
Saturday, Dec. 14 I made it to Springfield and enjoyed the beautiful winter scenery on the way, then met Chandler Connell for dinner at Gilardi’s and then to the Landers Theater for a performance of the “Nutcracker” by the Springfield Ballet. This is an annual Christmas tradition in Springfield and a large audience turned out for a very enjoyable performance. Sunday evening I made another trip to Springfield for the Operazzi event, which is an event held every third Sunday at the Creamery Arts Center sponsored by the Springfield Regional Opera and is an “open mike” event at which those who wish may sing and there were some very good voices and food catered by Cusco Restaurant. For the grand finale the Master of Ceremonies, Evan Bennett, let the audience in a sing-along of Christmas songs and a very good time was had by all.
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