NEW - The Longest Night or Blue Christmas Service - For those experiencing grief, loss or hardship, the Christmas season is far from the most wonderful time of the year. The music and other holiday traditions associated with the Christmas season such as decorating, baking, holiday shopping and gathering with family and friends focus on the joy and cheer of the season which may be painful for those suffering the pain of loss and grief. Loss comes in many forms, it may be the death of a loved one, the loss of a marriage or relationship, a job or a home. Any loss that causes us pain and sorrow. To assist people who may have difficulty coping with the season, the Modern Maturity Center is offering a Longest Night or Blue Christmas service on Wednesday December 18 at 1:00 p.m. and again in the evening at 6:00 p.m. in the East Conference Room.
The name the Longest Night is associated with these types of services because they are usually held on or close to December 21 which is the winter solstice. We hope to offer a quiet, gentle place to gather and console one another through reflection, mediation and prayer. The service is a way to acknowledge the birth of Christ without the joyful trappings of a typical Christmas service, which can be painful for those coping with loss. The service allows one to acknowledge their sadness and recognize they are not alone in their sadness. We allow each participant to focus on their personal needs in an atmosphere of quiet mediation and contemplation.
This is an ecumenical service and it is FREE and open to anyone in need of solace. Refreshments will be provided by VITAS Healthcare.
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