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December 24, 2012

And Christmas Eve Begins

by Rev. A. J. Iovine

Why do we celebrate Christmas Eve?

Today is the day BEFORE we are to celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Savior. Today is the day we end the season of hopeful waiting and watching. Tomorrow is when we celebrate His coming.

Yet so many people will be gathering with family and friends to celebrate Jesus’ birth today. Heck, growing up with an Italian family influence, today was the day of the seven fishes (though we were usually a little off since we didn’t actually have 7 different fish for dinner). We’d regularly gather around 4pm for dinner, dessert at 6pm, church at 7:30pm. But why?

Shouldn’t tomorrow morning be more important than tonight?

I think Christmas Day should be the big celebration day. Who says we can’t sing “Silent Night” with the sun shining?

However, I may be the only person who thinks that Christmas Day is more important than the day before Christmas.

Tonight, we will celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus beginning at 7pm. After talking with a great number of members, next year will bring about a change in the time of our Christmas Eve worship service. Tonight, though, we gather at 7 in the church sanctuary. Please invite those gathered around your dinner tables this evening to join you.


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