Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.


O Little Town of Bethlehem

artwork by Lonnie Lacey Virginia SeminaryO holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us, we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in
Be born to us today
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell
O come to us, abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel

Reknowned Episcopal preacher, Phillips Brooks (1835-1903) wrote the words to O Little Town of Bethlehem in 1868, after making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He saw Bethlehem from the hills of Palestine at night and wrote the lyrics matched with a tune by his Philadelphia church's organist Lewis Redner (1831-1908) created for the Sunday school children's choir. The words still speak to us this day.

We are also reminded of Bethlehem today, which is a much less than peaceful place due to tense Muslim-Christian relations. The Archbishop of Canterbury was just there and asked
This Christmas, pray for the little town of Bethlehem, and spare a thought for those who have been put at risk by our short-sightedness and ignorance; and ask what you might do locally to raise the profile of these brave and ancient Churches.
More information is at an Anglican Communion News Service article Bethlehem welcomes church leader's visit and the Times Online article Pray for the Little Town of Bethlehem.

candlelight worshipPlease join us tonight for a candlelight communion worship service. Kids are invited to come at 5:30 p.m. or so to make a Christingle (or Christ Light) from an orange, ribbon and candies. Our Christmas Day worship will be tomorrow at 12 noon.

The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor


  • At 7/14/2008 3:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Rev Frank,

    Just passing through looking at certain things...

    Your comment that there is no peace in Bethlehem because of Christian and Muslim tensions is really quite inaccurate. The reality is that christians and muslims are brothers in Bethlehem (and Beit Jalla and Beit Sahour).
    The reality is that there is no peace in Palestine because Israel continues to occupy Palestine and deny Palestinian citizens basic human rights - such as the right to live in their family homes, to travel unimpeded, to have their own nation...

    See some of our photos from a recent trip there with the Christian Peacemaker Teams who stand with the oppressed, just like our Lord Jesus stood with the oppressed people when he was around 2000 years ago.

    And if you are interested in CPT check out

    Apologies if I misunderstood your post, but from what I read it stirred quite a reaction from me.



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