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  • The Divine Services of the Nativity of Christ

    01/07/2017 7:32:12 AM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 01-10-2011 | Bishop Alexander (Mileant)
    Next to Pascha, the Nativity of Christ is the most joyous festival, and may justly be called the "Winter Pascha." The celebration of the Nativity of Christ was established very early, possibly already in the first century. But until the end of the fourth century, the Nativity of Christ was celebrated with His Baptism on the 6th of January (the 19th according to the New Style) and was called Theophany. Beginning in the fourth century, the Nativity of Christ began to be celebrated on the 25th of December (on the day of the pagan festival in honor of the...
  • ACLU Attacks Small Town Nativity Scene

    12/22/2016 3:04:23 PM PST · by kevcol · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 22, 2016 | John Binder
    Grant Parish District Attorney Jay Lemoine pushed back against the ACLU’s letter, telling KALB News “It seems these days it is typical for everyone to rush to want to be offended.” Lemoine said the courthouse already has a secular display, a Christmas tree, inside the building. “The offense would be if the religious symbols were taken out of Christmas,” Lemoine continued.
  • Protestors Dismantle Pentagram Erected Next to Nativity Scene (FL)

    12/21/2016 9:12:21 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 9 replies
    Cathoiklc Herald ^ | Decmeber 21, 2016 | AP
    A 300-pound metal sculpture of a satanic pentagram, erected as an atheist protest to a public park’s Nativity scene, was severely damaged on Tuesday when it was pulled to the ground by protestors. Atheist Preston Smith’s 10-foot tall sculpture lay broken in Sanborn Square at noon. Tire tracks led from the twisted metal to the street. It appeared protestors had attached a chain from a vehicle to the sculpture and yanked it down, dragging it several feet... The sculpture sits about 20 feet from a traditional Nativity scene of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus, and is backed by a...
  • Nativity scene is 'banned' in case it offends one of the FOUR Muslims living in a Belgian town

    12/21/2016 12:34:25 AM PST · by kevcol · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | December 20, 2016 | David Burke
    A traditional nativity scene will not be put up in a Belgian town this year, amid claims it was scrapped in order to avoid offending Muslims. A former leader in Holsbeek, about 20 miles outside Brussels - claims there will be no manger to mark the festival because it would be 'too provocative'. . . . The decision not to put a nativity scene up was supported by the ruling coalition of the Christian-Democrats and the Green Party. But the Flemish-nationalist N-VA party called for locals to attend the town’s next assembly meeting - and to each bring a nativity...
  • ‘The children were PETRIFIED’ Asylum seeker STORMS nativity play to read from the Koran

    12/20/2016 4:20:26 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 88 replies
    The Express ^ | 20 Dec 16 | Jon Rogers
    A NATIVITY play was turned into chaos after an asylum seeker stormed the stage and started preaching from the Koran. The Somali asylum seeker suddenly leapt on stage during the traditional depiction of the Christian story in the Austrian town of Oberndorf near Schwanenstadt in the state of Upper Austria, causing horror and upset amongst the children and parents. At first, no one had reacted when the asylum seeker came to the venue and stood next to the stage where children of nursery school age were performing. The Somali man storms the stage The asylum seeker suddenly leapt on stage,...
  • The Sign Of The Swaddling Clothes...Christmas Sermon # 3

    And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.(Luke 2:6-7)At the beginning of Luke’s gospel, Joseph and Mary are together in an enclosed place, wrapping Jesus tightly in cloth strips,laying him out on a table/manger. An almost identical scene plays itself almost at the end of Luke’s gospel. True its a different Joseph in the second instance, but the scene repeats, Joseph and...
  • War on Christmas: Atheists Threaten to Sue Ohio Town for Nativity Scene

    12/19/2016 5:13:01 AM PST · by detective · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Dec 2016 | Ken Klukowski
    Militant atheists at the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) are threatening to sue St. Bernard, Ohio, over the city’s Nativity scene — a Christmas display depicting the scene of Jesus’s birth in Bethlehem in the Holy Land. If FFRF follows through and files in federal court, that case could result in a historic restoration of religious liberty nationwide. St. Bernard is a suburb of Cincinnati. For many years, the city has displayed a crčche — i.e., a Nativity scene — during the Christmas season. It is accompanied by non-biblical seasonal holiday displays as well, making this outdoor crčche similar to the...
  • A Christmas Sermon #1

    12/18/2016 6:09:20 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 15 replies
    Christmas Sermon # 1… But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.(Micah 5:2)The story of the birth of Jesus, is perhaps the most familiar and loved portions of the Bible. But the problem with familiar passages of scripture is that people think they know what needs to be known about them and often aren’t open to a fresh look at the same text from another angle. It is...
  • When Christians Are Their Own Enemies: Priest Cancels Nativity Scene Because It Offends Muslims

    12/14/2016 1:29:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Red State ^ | 12/14/2016 | Jim Jamitis
    Sometimes casualties in the “war on Christmas” are the result of friendly fire.All the stories of outcry over greetings, Christmas decorations, or even the use of traditional holiday colors has made many people afraid to be who they are. Fear of being protested, sued, or otherwise hassled for doing something completely innocent may drive more ridiculous decisions than a sincere belief in being politically correct.In Northern Italy a priest has cancelled his parish’s traditional Nativity Scene because it would be visible from a corner of the cemetery reserved for Muslim graves. Father Sante Braggie, chaplain of the Municipal Cemetery of...
  • Caught on tape: Nativity scene being stolen from Little Sisters of the Poor

    12/13/2016 2:56:29 PM PST · by Morgana · 20 replies
    aleteia.org ^ | December 13, 2016 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Check out the video above. It happened in Rhode Island: Residents at the Jeanne Jugan Residence of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Pawtucket are heartbroken that someone stole the statues from the elder care facility’s nativity scene. According to surveillance footage from about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, three men, two of them wearing hooded shirts, stole the nativity statues from the small manger. “It sort of saddened and dampened the spirit in the home when they know that the first thing that was put up for the Christmas season — because it’s the most meaningful thing — was taken...
  • NATIVITY SCENE IN CENTRAL PARK

    12/13/2016 11:28:34 AM PST · by heterosupremacist · 18 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | 12/13/2016 | Bill Donohue
    Bill Donohue comments on the Catholic League’s crčche: Every year there are many news stories on the unconstitutionality of displaying a nativity scene on public property. Some of those stories are simply wrong. There can be a problem when the proposed site for the display of religious symbols is on the grounds of a county courthouse, or near some other municipal building (it cannot appear that the government is endorsing religion). But if the property is a public forum, such as a park, that is different. If the area is available for concerts, artistic displays, rallies, and the like, then...
  • Jesus Mocked, Kicked During Nativity Scene On Seth MacFarlane's 'Family Guy'

    12/12/2016 11:01:40 AM PST · by drewh · 58 replies
    Newsbuisters ^ | By Justin Ashford | December 11 2016 | 11:04 PM EST | Justin Ashford
    Family Guy is no stranger to bashing Christianity and Sunday night’s Christmas episode, “How the Griffin Stole Christmas,” was no exception, featuring Jesus not only mocked, but KICKED at the nativity. While the Griffin family longs to go sledding, Lois tells them to get ready so they can attend church. Peter rudely objects, proclaiming Jesus himself loved sledding, calling it his “second passion” – obviously cheapening the Passion of Christ, the period of suffering Jesus underwent leading up to His death on the Cross for our sins. Lois: All right. You guys ready for church? Peter: Church? What are you,...
  • Satanic pentagram set up next to a NATIVITY scene in a Florida park causes outrage (BARF)

    12/09/2016 7:07:12 AM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | December 9, 2016 | Zoe Szathmary For Dailymail.com
    A massive Satanic pentagram has been placed in a Florida park, causing outrage - with some people calling it 'ridiculous' and 'offensive'. The display was installed in Boca Raton's Sanborn Square and is located next to a nativity scene. Preston Smith got a permit from the the city for the display, WPTV reported. Scroll down for video
  • Starbucks Will Have Nativity Cups This Christmas

    11/25/2016 4:27:11 AM PST · by markomalley · 90 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | 11/25/16 | John White
    Who saw this coming?(By the way, if years had official questions, the official question of 2016 would be “Who saw this coming?”).Anyway, the latest bit of 2016 shock and awe to come out of nowhere is that Starbucks will have cups featuring the Nativity this Christmas season.  Yes, that Nativity – with Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus.Check it out here.So, just another 2016 crazy almost miracle-type thing to wonder at.Oh tidings.
  • Vatican Nativity Scene to Highlight Care for Migrants, Sick, Environment

    11/10/2016 7:24:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Compass ^ | 11/9/16 | Junno Arocho Esteves
    VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s Christmas tree and Nativity scene will feature unique designs and decorations highlighting several issues close to Pope Francis, including care for the environment, the sick and migrants. An 82-foot spruce tree will be the centerpiece of the Vatican’s Christmas holidays, the governing office of Vatican City said. The tree will be harvested Nov. 13 in the Lagorai forest near Scurelle in the northern province of Trent and will benefit from a unique gesture in keeping with the pope’s call for the care of creation: Elementary school students “will plant nearly 40 new spruce and larch...
  • Mysterious artifact discovered at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity

    02/25/2016 3:19:37 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 24, 2016
    According to the Times of Israel, the artifact is made of brass, silver, shells and stones. It was covered in plaster and found near a window in the church that reportedly was built by Emperor Constantine and his mother Helena in the fourth century. Although officials confirmed that the artifact has been cleaned up, it is not on display, and there are no images of it as yet.Ziad al-Bandak, a Palestinian presidential adviser for Christian Affairs, said the artifact is, “of great religious and historical value.” The church itself is built over the cave where the birth of Jesus...
  • Palestinians Renovate Church at Jesus' Birthplace

    02/18/2016 6:46:09 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    AP ^ | 2/16/16 | Daniela Beretta
    BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) - After two years of painstaking work, experts have completed the initial phase of a delicate restoration project at the Church of the Nativity, giving a much-needed face-lift to one of Christianity's holiest sites. The project, partially funded by the Palestinians and conducted by a team of Palestinian and international experts, is the biggest restoration at the iconic church in some 600 years. The removal of centuries of dust has left Crusader-era mosaics sparkling in sunlight filtering through brand new windows. Structural repairs on the fragile rooftop and windows have been completed and art treasures have...
  • Nativity animals

    12/26/2015 8:46:55 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 12-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Msgr. Charles Pope 12/22/2015 Nativity animals Question: I was told that the animals in the Christmas Nativity scene have a symbolic meaning. Is this so, and if so what?— Jennifer Ladd, Buffalo, New York Answer: Yes, the traditional animals of the Nativity scene are chosen for a reason. The ox and the donkey are a reference to Isaiah 1:3 which says, “An ox knows its owner, and an ass, its master’s manger; But Israel does not know, my people has not understood.”So, it’s actually rather an unflattering self-accusation we make of our own human family that, in effect, declares the...
  • Bethlehem Christmas Fetivities Go Ahead Despite Tensions

    12/18/2015 12:27:46 PM PST · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | December 18, 2015 | AFP
    Near the church in Bethlehem’s Manger Square, built over the site where Christians believe Jesus was born, tour guides pace back and forth, waiting in vain for tourist buses that fail to show.
  • Painted Nativity Scene At Tennessee McDonald's Goes Viral

    12/18/2015 10:28:21 AM PST · by Biggirl · 40 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | December 18, 2015 | Trent Baker
    A McDonald’s restaurant in Tennessee is showing its Christmas spirit with a painted nativity scene that has now gone viral. On Monday, Amy Basel posted a photo of a McDonald’s located in Spring Hill, TN with a nativity scene in between the messages “His name is Jesus” and “Rejoice” painted on the windows of the storefront.