A sermon preached by Dr Robert Crouse for the Feast of Dedication at King's College Chapel, Halifax, 1997
"Give thanks for a remembrance of his holiness" (Ps. 97:12)
The Collect for this festival makes reference to the presence of Jesus at the ancient Jewish Feast of Dedication - a festival which was observed each year to mark the anniversary of the cleansing and re-consecration of the Temple in Jerusalem, after Judas Maccabaeus, that great Jewish hero, had recaptured the city from the pagan occupying forces, in the second century before Christ. You can read the story in the First Book of the Maccabees, or listen to a musical celebration of it in Handel's Oratorio about Judas Maccabaeus.