The Christmas season is not always a happy time.
The Advent and Christmas seasons can be a reminder of loved ones or relationships we have lost. The sights and smells of the weeks approaching Christmas, rather than bring joy and delight, can bring sadness and grief.
A “Blue Christmas” service provides an opportunity to address the sadness, the pain of loss, and even the anger that can accompany the season. Readings and prayers focus on the “light in the darkness,” the hope of our faith, not a hope that removes the suffering, but a hope that enables us to acknowledge our true feelings and walk through the dark days without fear. This special service usually includes an opportunity to light a candle in memory of loved ones who have died.
When held on the winter solstice, 21 December, this service might be called “Longest Night Service.”
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