Silent Night


I was told recently by a friend of mine that every Christmas, British companies have sort of an unofficial competition to see who can create the best television commercial – as my friend said, sort of the way we do with Super Bowl commercials. The commercial above is from a grocery store named Sainsbury’s, and the video recreates the historic Christmas Day truce between the Brits and the Germans.  Whether it happened exactly as the commercial portrays is not all that important. What is important, however, is that peace is possible, especially if we can just see just a little bit of the divine in each person’s humanity. We weren’t created to war. And yet, war we do. Over and over and over again …  in our families, in our neighborhoods, in our cities, in our country and around the world. Oh, how we love to war.

Won’t you please consider putting down whatever it is that divides us, and join together in singing Silent Night this Christmas Eve at Emmanuel Episcopal Church – 1608 Russell Road, Alexandria, VA 22301. Services at 4:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.  (4:30pm includes the Children’s Pageant.) Bring your own candle or we’ll provide one for you.

And if  you already have plans for Christmas Eve, you are welcome to join us on Christmas Day at 10:30 a.m..  We will be led in song by a couple of great guys from our parish who will play their guitars while we sing carols.  We’ll also hear the story of the Birth of Christ as well as receive Holy Communion.  What a great way to celebrate Jesus’ birth.

We’ll be looking for you. You’ll be so glad you came!

Peace friends,


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  • Eleanor Dyer says:

    Merry Christmas, Father Chuck! Miss you–thanks for all your writings and insight. This comercial is so powerful. It;s so wonderful to be reminded of our common humanity. God’s continued blessings be upon your work. I sang with Cornerstone last evening at 8 PM Christmas Eve Mass.

  • Deborah says:

    Merry Christmas Chuck! If you liked this commercial check out the movie “Joyeux Noel”. It shows more of the same but you really get a feel for what could be possible if we saw each other as people first.
    Blessings to you!

  • MJ says:

    Chuck, your warmth and caring comes across in everything you write. As for this particular story, it just shows what the human spirit really needs….PEACE.
    Wishing you and your family a joyous Christmas together and a new year of happiness and fulfillment.

  • Terry says:

    Merry Christmas Chuck 🙂

  • Jim Buisson says:


    Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Nora and I will be in Greensboro with Steve and his family.
    We will be going to midnight Mass and will be thinking of you and your great sermons.
    Hope to visit your church and see you in person soon.
    Keep up your good work!


  • Rose says:

    Merry Christmas Chuck

  • Barbara Cotter says:

    We are lucky enough to have family and extended family in the area and are busy with them both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, going to a special service at St. Aidan’s. Merry Christmas, thank you for your words.

  • jane gallagher says:

    Chuck, we will be thinking of you Christmas Eve when we are at St James in Louisa! Merry Christmas!

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