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"On the first day of Christmas, my Intentional Interim gave to me..."

Posted by Arlen Vernava on December 20, 2011


Othe first day of Christmas my Intentional Interim minister gave to me a “calendar” of our Christian liturgical year:

Advent:  Christian Church Year Begins:  November 27, 2011

Christmas begins:  Christmas Eve - December 24

Christmas Day:  December 25

Epiphany:  January 6th, 2012

 Lent begins:  Ash Wednesday - February 22, 2012

Palm Sunday:  April 1

Maundy Thursday:   April 5

Good Friday:  April 6

Holy Saturday:  April 7

Easter begins:  Easter Day:  April 8

Pentecost:  May 27, 2012

Christ the King Sunday:  November 25

On the second day of Christmas my Intentional Interim minister gave to me a “calendar” of the Jewish year:

Rosh Hashanah - New Year, 5772:  September 28 (evening) 29-30 2011

Yom Kippur evening and day:  October 7-8

Sukkot:  October 12-14

Chanukah begins:  December 20

 Purim:  March 8, 2012

Passover: evening April 6, 7-14

Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day):  April 19

Shavuot:  evening May 26, 27-28

On the third day of Christmas my Interim Pastor gave to me a “calendar” of the Islamic year:

Ras as-Sanah al Hijri -New Year, 1433 (AH) - November 26, 2011

Mawlid na-Nabi (birthday of Muhammad):  February 4, 2012

Laylat al-Miraj (remembering Muhammad’s ascension):  June 17

Ramadan begins:  July 20

Laylat al Qadr (Muhammad receives Quran):  August 15

Eid al-Fitr (Ramadan ends):  August 19

Eid al Adha (remembering Abraham’s sacrifice):  October 26

Abrahamic faiths

“Religious” or liturgical calendar’s offer both guide and insight.  Each event names a sacred invitation, hints at the depth and breadth of a sacred encounter, offers opportunity to renew friendships and creates learning/growing space.  Each liturgical year describe a drama and takes a journey.  Faithful persons order their lives by spiritual encounter:  “demonstrating to the world what social relations directed by God are.”

On the fourth through twelfth day  of Christmas, I commend to you insight and guidance.  Your work and attention to transition follows a "sacred" path, makes a journey and encounters the holy.  Leaders change.  Power shifts.  Vision/Mission become clear. Relationships clarify and focus.  The community/congregational spirit anticipates then claims "something new."  Anxiety and resistance turn to confident hope and celebration.
Like the three Abrahamic faiths, take nourishment from your common ground.  Good news awaits, so the Christian story goes:  the magi arrive with gifts for the new-born: holy one of God!  May your transition season culminate in new holy, sacred life too.

arlen vernava, design group international 



Topics: faith-based community