A Tweet of Christmas

twitter CIn his sermon at mass on Christmas Day 2012 Father Ian challenged us to compress how we see the message of Christmas into the length of a ‘tweet’ – that is 140 characters. There was an added constraint. If at all possible words of one syllable should be used.

Fr Ian quoted from an article by Fr Guy Consolmagno SJ (Curator of meteorites at the Vatican Observatory): “Compressing a big idea into a small space means that our message is either profound, or safely unitelligible. Of course, we see this profundity of compression in the Christmas message itself. Everything we need to know has been expressed, not in 140 characters, but in one Word.”

So let’s see if we can compress our personal view of the Christmas message. For himself Fr Ian suggested something like “God is, God is with us, and it is good news, it’s glory!’ 57 characters but glory has two syllables…

But what about you? What is your summary of the Christmas message in 140 or fewer characters, and if possible in words of one syllable.

Did you know the church ‘tweets’ @stchrys – if you do too you could follow and tweet your message of Christmas. If you don’t ‘tweet’ you could post your suggestion as a reply here.

PS. Click on Comments, below to see some of the contributions so far.

Happy Christmastide!


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5 Responses to A Tweet of Christmas

  1. Well we’ve already had several responses, and already we see a wonderful variety of ways of theologically tweeting Christmas as we see it:

    God gave, angels proclaimed, Mary received, Christ arrived, Shepherds heard, followed, saw told, Opens path back to God. ( Revd Ian Robinson, Yorkshire)

    A time to share the good news. A time to think, thank and pray. A time of peace, joy, hope and love. All gifts from God. (Fliss, St Chrysostom’s)

    In the beginning was the word and the word was God and the word became flesh and dwelt among us. (Revd Brian Elliott, former army chaplain)

    God is, God is with us, God loves us where we are, and for who and what we are! (Fr Chris, St Chrysostom’s)

    • Fr Derek, Oldham says:

      Originally written by Henry Ramsden Bramley:

      O wonder of wonders, which none can unfold:
      The Ancient of Days is an hour or two old;
      The Maker of all things is made of the earth,
      Man is worshipped by angels, and God comes to birth.

  2. Cellariarus says:

    The Bishop of Bradford has been doing the same thing.

    Here are some of his suggestions:

    *God among us, God with us, God for us.
    *Matter matters: the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    *God with us: we have seen his face. Painted in the gospels.

    For more of his suggestions see :


    (edited slightly: Thanks Andy for pointing to this).

  3. From Revd Catherine Shelley – thanks, Catherine

    And is it true? Yes, scripture & religion deal in truths way beyond history or scientific fact, like falling in love. Who can explain that?

    The above was the condensed Twitter wisdom of both my Midnight Mass and Christmas morning offerings to very different congregations at two different parishes… followed by a reflection on having celebrated in one form or another at 5 churches in 6 days thanks to retirement cover and the Norovirus!

  4. Fr Alec Mitchell says:

    No need to look up high
    For God’s not in the sky
    But in this babe in front of you
    Who will not do what none can do

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