Saint Miriam, a welcoming Old Catholic Franciscan Parish located on their beautiful campus in Flourtown, will once again offer the community what has become widely known as a “Blue Christmas” service that they entitle, The Longest Night on Wednesday, December 21st 2016 at 6:30pm.
This service will take place in beautifully renovated Sanctuary located in Flourtown on the corner of Bethlehem Pike and Church Road. It is open to everyone. 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, shared, “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, and was made more difficult for me, as I sadly lost my own father, so I was right there with many who did not feel much joy, but still wished 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 21st 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.
This service features a time of prayer, simple poetry, embracing music selections, and moving refection. We will also offer anointing of the sick and blessing prayers to all who attend, if desired.
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.
Please contact Monsignor Jim St. George for more information, or visit www.mySaintMiriam.org.