Advent Episode 1 – Keeping Herod in Christmas

In the Beyondering advent series we will be dusting off the layers of familiarity and therefore complacency to attempt to uncover aspects of meaning in this multi-layered and multidimensional ancient story of Christ being birthed in our midst, but yet which are often glossed over or suppressed.

In Advent 1 Beyondering look at Herod the Great –an often neglected character in our recalling of the story. Despite missing out on Christmas carols and cards, he is the backdrop to the entire Christmas story in Matthew’s telling. Matt and Lucas explore who Herod was and what his role in this drama provokes and evokes. They will also explore what the voices of Herod might be today – in our political structures, our cultural narratives and even in our inner worlds.

The featured song in this introduction was ‘No Matter What Kings Say’, written by song and chant writer Alana Levandoski.

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Supporting music and sound design was also done by

Adam Ball. Check out:

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