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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Church provides a home for the sad at Christmas

NORTHBOROUGH

A Northborough church is home to a growing number of people who don't want to celebrate Christmas.

That's why the Trinity Church holds a "Blue Christmas" service, which attracts mostly depressed, grieving people. Instead of Christmas carols, the piano plays somber music. Instead of wreaths and ornaments, communicants lay dead branches on a table covered in blue cloth.

"It just seems that whatever griefs or pain people have increase in this time," Rev. Cynthia Maybeck, pastor of the church, told the Globe. "Everything on the commercials is 'Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas, such a season of tidings and great joy' -- and there's a lot of people whose hearts are breaking."

-- Erica Tochin

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