A plea for relief

Snow at Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A. (Photos: Stephen Burns.)

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In the intensity of an Australian summer, a snow-covered Christmas card “may just be a plea for relief.”


—-citing Anita Monro, “A View from the Antipodes: Juxtaposing Dingo and Baby,” Studia Liturgica 40 (2010), p. 99, in my “A Fragile Future for the Ordo?” Glaucia Vasconcelos Wilkey, ed., Worship and Culture: Foreign Country or Homeland? (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2014), p 158.

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The liturgical turns of the Christian year are tied to Northern Hemisphere cycles of the seasons. It can be difficult, from the North, to imagine the dislocations of liturgical time from the seasons in much of the South. And from the South, remote from the cold and dark in parts of the North, to sense how these shape the mood of Advent, and the lengthening days after Christmas (situated so close to the solstice)…

Jazz, Warley Woods, Birmingham, England. (Photo: Ken Burns).

Jazz, Warley Woods, Birmingham, England. (Photo: Ken Burns).