This service recognizes that not everyone is up and cheery for the Christmas holidays. With all the “stuff” people deal with during the holiday season, Saint Miriam decided to offer this special service. Msgr. Jim, the pastor for Saint Miriam, said, “I don’t know if there has ever been one in the local area. This service is for folks who are grieving or sad or hurting during the holidays; for those who have lost a spouse, child, family member; for the unemployed; those going through a divorce, for those who are alone, etc.,” He continued, “Last year’s was well received and well attended and in the interim, this past December, I sadly lost my own father, so I am right there with many who do not feel much joy, but still wish to honor the season.”
There is a growing attentiveness to the needs of people who are blue at Christmas. Increasing numbers of churches are creating sacred space for people living through dark times. Such services are reflective, accepting where we really are, and holding out healing and hope. And that is why on December 22nd at 6:30pm, Saint Miriam will hold its The Longest Night Service on the actual Winter Solstice, the longest day of the year, with the year’s least amount of daylight. Symbols not to be lost or overlooked.
If you are looking for a place to find solace and care, join us for The Longest Night Service. The public is welcome to join Saint Miriam for this historic and meaningful event, as we continue our mission to carry the Gospel, and welcome all of God’s people without judgment or limitation.