Rev. Austin Miles, a chaplain in Northern California is a writer and historian. He is the author of Santa's Surprising Origins, a story that received worldwide circulation and resulted in him being cast in the 2004 Hallmark Christmas Movie titled, Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus. He played the mall Santa who magically received the gift of sign language.

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

MilesTones • Church’s New Hatch and Match Service Offers $450 Ceremony

This sacred religious double-header is like killing two stones with one bird.

According to Ministry News (7/23/09) the Anglican Church across the pond (UK) has created a service that marries unwed couples and baptizes their children, all in one whack.This is the church’s answer to the 44% of children in England born to unwed parents. Church of England representatives say that this is merely a case of adjusting to contemporary culture, hence the new “Hatch and Match” Sacrament. This unique twofer ceremony goes for $450 and is designed to get these couples and their kids on track.  Wonder if they could throw in a funeral for grandma as well so they have a complete bargain package?  People might go for that.

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