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Clifton Park church holds "Blue Christmas" celebration

Emily Burkhard
Created: December 20, 2019 11:35 PM

CLIFTON PARK - The holiday season can be a joyous time, but it can also bring up difficult memories or feelings after a tough year.

That's why St. Edward’s Church in Clifton Park held a special celebration on Friday to lift the spirits of those feeling down this Christmas season.

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This is the second year St. Edward's has held a "Blue Christmas" ceremony. The goal is to get people who have been having a hard time together for song, prayer and reflection.

Tom and Linda Molloy organized the event.

"It is spiritual, we do have Psalms we have song but again we try to bring it to a point where it's uplifting,” Tom Molloy said. “This is the season to be with family, be with community and to smile."

The Molloys said as people get older the social aspects of the holidays can become difficult.

"You know you sit down at the Christmas dinner table and there's an empty chair, you know people remember Christmases when they had aunts and uncles and cousins and they were all together,” Linda Molloy said.

There were sheets of paper on a table outside of the church for people to write their prayer intentions or the name of a loved one they may have lost this year. They will be prayed over and ultimately they will be burned at the parish's Easter vigil.

The Molloys stay behind after the ceremony to listen to anyone who is having a hard time and wants to talk. They said just being there to listen can make a huge difference.

"That's our responsibility as fellow human beings is to take care of one another and to look out for one another and to be present for one another,” Tom Molloy said.

The Molloys also said it's pretty easy to spot someone in need of uplifting.

"If you're observant you can see there's people who are struggling,” Linda Molloy said. “I think approaching them, staying with them, not talking at them, listening to them, that's the most important thing is listening to people who have some sorrow whether it's grief or anything else."


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