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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

3 December 2014: Sylvia Roberts, St Peter's Church, Petersfield


What does this month mean to you? December - the tenth (Decem) month according to the old Roman calendar from 753 BC. The calendar was reformed a number of times until 1582 but although two more months (January and February) were added, mysteriously, the old names stuck even though they were no longer accurate, September was no longer the seventh month nor October the eighth month; nor was November the ninth or December the tenth. Are we inclined to hold on to old ideas which are no longer true and do we stay reluctant to be open to new things?

December - contains 31 days including the shortest day (the 21st) when the sun will rise at 8:04 and set at15:53, giving us only 7 hours and 49 minutes of daylight. Our ancient ancestors feared that the days would go on shortening until all light was gone so they lit great fires at this time of year to encourage and warm up the sun. We know that the longer days will return bringing life and hope but perhaps we know someone who is sad or depressed or lonely and who has lost hold on that hope. Perhaps we can be especially sensitive to their needs at this time of year?

December - The month containing the festival of Christmas when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, the light of the world and the Saviour of humankind. In joy and delight at his coming parties are arranged, presents exchanged and decorations brighten our streets and defy the darkness. The children, particularly, love to take part in Nativity plays which illustrate in the most touching way the events surrounding Jesus' birth and there will be many opportunities to attend one of these during December either in a school or in one of the churches. There will also be Carol Services taking place, in which some of the best and most joyful songs of the year will be sung. Why not step inside for an hour from your busy schedule to join in with a Nativity play or a Carol Service and reflect on the deeper aspect of the Christmas Season?


See details of the Christmas Services organised by PACT Churches in and around Petersfield and read how the PACT Christmas Card was chosen

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