Christ the King Sunday is November 28th. And something extra-special is going to happen that day! We begin to look forward into the quiet, reflective, soul-stilling and deepening liturgical season of Advent. In this season of preparation, we turn our heads and hearts toward the miracle of God in-breaking into our world, of bringing the gift of new life, and entering into our darkness to bring us and our lives into the light.
During Advent, often families display a creche, figures of the people and animals who gathered around the birth of Jesus as is told in the Luke’s gospel. Some families have specific rituals around the display, such as not putting the baby Jesus in the creche until Christmas Day, or purposefully allowing the wise men to travel a distance to arrive after the birth. We invite you to add a new tradition to your spiritual practice of displaying a creche in your home.
Bring your creche to be blessed on Christ the King Sunday!
This feast day is a relatively new one added to our liturgical calendar in 1925 and is celebrated on the last Sunday of our liturgical year. It is a Sunday whose theme is the kingship or sovereignty of Christ, who will bring restoration to all creation and all peoples. This language of kingship makes sense only in light of the birth of the messiah in humble surroundings, the story of which is described in Luke’s gospel. This is one of the great paradoxes of our Christian narrative: the power and strength of the Almighty God come among us, not in power associated with rulers or the hierarchy of religious institutions, but in humility and servanthood, in lowly position, and among the poor. Therefore, we invite you to bring your creches, symbols of Jesus’ birth among the marginalized and poor to be their savior, to church to be blessed.
If you would like, you may leave them here to decorate our church windows, as our anticipate of the birth of Jesus builds throughout the season of Advent. If you don’t have a creche, don’t worry. You can make a gingerbread creche the following week at our Advent party!