Blue Christmas service upcoming

The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany will hold a service for those who have suffered a loss or other stressful situation next Thursday.
Dec 13, 2013

The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany will hold a service for those who have suffered a loss or other stressful situation next Thursday.

Called the Blue Christmas service, it is geared to help those who have lost loved ones, gone through a divorce, lost a job, or many other stresses that can dampen the holidays.

Rev. Kira Schlesinger, the priest at Church of the Epiphany said this is the church's first time to host such a service.

"This is our first time doing it. I'm not aware of a service like this in the area," she said.

The evening will include items that one finds at a regular church service, including scripture readings and hymn singing. It will also feature a candlelighting, according to Schlesinger, who added that services such as these can be "a real offering to the community."

Schlesinger added that the service is a quiet, reflective and meditative style.

"The focus is to acknowledge that the holidays can be a difficult time for a lot of people," Schlesinger said. There are all these expectations set up for the holidays that even happy people can't always live up to."

The service begins at 6 p.m. at the church, which is located at 1500 Hickory Ridge Rd. in Lebanon.

"I hope that it will be a service for everybody," she said. "It is for the community, not just for people affiliated with our church."

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