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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.
  • Jesus' First Blood Shed...Luke's Nativity pt 11

    And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of...
  • The Sign of The Inn, The Cave, and of the Swaddling Clothes...Luke's Nativity pt 9

    And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 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 2:4-9)Joseph, Mary’s espoused husband, almost divorced his...
  • Messiah Came Into History...Luke's Nativity pt 8

    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while...
  • The Birth of the Forerunner...Luke's Nativity pt 6

    Now Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son. And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her. And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father. And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name. And they made signs to...
  • Confirmation and Prophecy...Luke's Nativity part 5

    And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as...
  • My Town is in a fight over Nativity Scene

    11/10/2015 11:24:14 AM PST · by Thorliveshere · 56 replies
    Vanity | 11-10-2015 | Me
    My town is going to have a council vote on removing a nativity scene from the central town park. It is only ONE GUY causing all this trouble, and virtually the whole town is against him. He's a trouble-making POS. I've been trying to get to each and every council member, none are giving me any clear answers. The mayor (who is usually a very staunch conservative) is also being cagey. Just wondering what others have experienced... have the rest of you had this in your town, how did your town council vote?
  • Mayor Vows to Fight to Keep Nativity Scene in Park: 'It Represents Our Town'

    08/15/2015 9:36:46 AM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/14/15 | Fox News
    Cordova has said that Belen means Bethlehem in Spanish, but the Freedom From Religion Foundation is arguing that the nativity scene is religious in nature and should be moved to private property.
  • Huckabee: If Obama WH Can Put Up Rainbow Lights, Don’t Complain If I Put Up Nativity

    06/28/2015 10:26:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 06/28/2015 | by Josh Feldman
    Mike Huckabee isn’t particularly thrilled about the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, even going so far as to declare people should outright reject and states should fight back against the ruling. On ABC’s This Week today, Huckabee asked if liberals would be similarly okay if the Supreme Court ruled in favor of personhood for the unborn. George Stephanopoulos asked Huckabee if he would just outright refuse to enforce the decision as president. Huckabee didn’t give a firm yes or not, but did say he would consider it. He brought up the rainbow lights the White House put up on...
  • MANIFEST LESSONS (Catholic Caucus)

    01/06/2015 4:36:11 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | January 6, 2015 | RYAN MAYER
    January 6th is the Solemnity of the Epiphany.  The word comes from the Greek epiphaneia, meaning “manifestation” or “appearance.”  In the Western Church, We typically associate Epiphany with the visitation of the gift-bearing Magi or Wise Men or Three Kings to the Holy Family and newborn child Jesus.  In the United States, the feast has become overshadowed by Christmas, though in many cultures, either the two are celebrated together (usually on Epiphany), or Epiphany is the more celebrated of the two.So which Nativity scene did you set out this year?  The simple classic version with the Holy Family, or was...
  • Vatican frees bare-breasted 'God is woman' protester; forbids her to ever return

    12/29/2014 3:09:57 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 75 replies
    RT, I think ^ | 27/12/2014 | News service
    VIDEO HERE The Holy See has released a radical feminist activist who bared her breasts in St Peter’s Square on Christmas Day and snatched the statue of Baby Jesus from the Vatican’s outdoor Nativity scene. The Holy See prosecutor met Yana Zhdanova and decided to order her release, according to Vatican spokesman the Rev Federico Lombardi. The Ukrainian protester was also ordered to never enter Vatican City State, including St Peter’s Basilica, or other Vatican property outside the city-state’s walls. The Femen protester shouted “God is woman” when she uncovered her chest in the square, about an hour after...
  • A Lesson From Luke

    12/23/2014 7:31:10 PM PST · by OddLane · 10 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | December 23, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    This is a column we still get a lot of requests for this time of year - written eleven Christmases ago and riffing off an often overlooked corner of the Gospels. It represents one of my first forays into what would become the demographic thesis of America Alone. I'm happy to report that Israel's fertility looks a little healthier than Mr Netanyahu gave it credit for. Europe, alas, remains largely blind to what lies ahead: But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou...
  • The truth of the Nativity

    12/24/2014 7:08:14 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 24 replies
    Gty.org ^ | 11/5/09 | John MacArthur
    The story of the first Christmas is so beloved that singers and storytellers across the centuries have embellished and elaborated and mythologized the story in celebration. However, most people now don't know which details are biblical and which are fabricated. People usually imagine the manger scene with snow, singing angels, many worshipers, and a little drummer boy. None of that is found in the biblical account. Christmas has become the product of an odd mixture of pagan ideas, superstition, fanciful legends, and plain ignorance. Add to that the commercialization of Christmas by marketers and the politicization of Christmas in the...
  • Jesus Wasn’t Born Rich. Think About It. (Barf)

    12/25/2014 7:51:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 57 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | December 25, 2014 | Gene Robinson (Gay Heretic Bishop)
    He was born in a barn to penniless parents who were part of a people under occupation. Get it? So why do so many of us not get it? I’m against the War on Christmas. No not that one! Wishing someone “Happy Holidays” doesn’t rob Christmas of its meaning—after all, being sensitive to others’ religious beliefs ought to be the attitude of every Christian. And not the one that says we have over-commercialized Christmas—after all, there’s nothing wrong with a time of year when we purchase thoughtful gifts for those we love.
  • Text Of Pope Francis' Homily During Christmas Eve Mass

    12/25/2014 3:37:10 AM PST · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 25, 2014 | Associated Press
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican's official English-language translation of Pope Francis' prepared homily, to be delivered in Italian, during Christmas Eve Mass on Wednesday in St. Peter's Basilica. Spelling and style are the Vatican's.
  • "Be Born In Me (MARY)", Francesca Battistelli, - Official Lyric Video

    12/24/2014 8:51:51 AM PST · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 24, 2014 | Francesca Battistelli
    A Good And Blessed Merry Christmas To The Free Republic Community. Christ the Lord is Born!
  • Officials order man to take down zombie Nativity scene

    12/24/2014 8:31:03 AM PST · by Brother Cracker · 29 replies
    reviewjournal ^ | December 23, 2014 | STEVE BITTENBENDER
    Nativity scene has caused quite a stir in his neighborhood, with some considering it a holiday treat. But others see a nightmare before Christmas. Responding to two anonymous complaints, officials in Ohio’s Sycamore Township said on Tuesday they have ordered Jasen Dixon to take down his display by Friday because it violates local property maintenance codes. Dixon, who manages a haunted attraction in Indiana, faces a $1,000 fine if he does not remove the 10-foot by 10-foot structure he built three weeks ago. He said he made the models for the zombie Mary and three wise men and borrowed props...
  • Was Jesus born in a different Bethlehem?

    12/23/2014 7:51:22 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 60 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 24, 2014 | Jessica Steinberg
    The New Testament says Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, but one rogue Israeli archaeologist says it is far more likely the Christian savior was born in Bethlehem of the Galilee, more than 60 miles from Jerusalem. Aviram Oshri spent nearly eleven years excavating artifacts in Bethlehem of the Galilee — an ancient biblical village near Nazareth that was later settled by German Templers — which he believes show that the traditional account of Jesus’s birthplace may be wrong. But when he produced his findings for his employer, the Israel Antiquities Authority, he found his proposal dismissed and called...
  • THE FIRST CHRISTMAS CAROL -- "Lo! I Arrive To Do Thy Will"

    12/24/2014 6:52:09 AM PST · by imardmd1 · 8 replies
    Happy Heralds, Inc. ^ | December 2012 | Fred Wittman
    THE FIRST CHRISTMAS CAROL"Lo! I Arrive To Do Thy Will!"Introduction: Have you ever considered, What is the first Christmas Carol?A carol is a song of joyful praise involving the birth of The Lord Jesus Christ. The first carol goes all the way back to the night in which The Lord Jesus Christ was born. No, it was not the Shepherds! Neither was it the Heavenly host which the shepherds heard. But even before the angels sang, The Lord Jesus Himself sang. Yes, That Little Baby in the manger sang the first Christmas Carol. It was not heard by His parents,...
  • Church Nativity Scene Depicts Homeless Virgin Mary At Bus Stop

    12/23/2014 8:30:29 AM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    CBS ^ | December 22, 2014 | CBS
    CLAREMONT (CBSLA.com) — A local church nativity scene depicts a homeless Virgin Mary at a bus stop with a newborn Baby Jesus swaddled in burlap. The theme for this year’s display at Claremont United Methodist Church on Foothill Boulevard is “Commercialism and the Oppressed.” Church leaders say the eyes of God are always watching and people should reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. “We want to draw attention to those people who are on the margins who Jesus would be standing with today,” said Pamela Bunce of Claremont United Methodist Church. The Southland church is known for its design...
  • s Atheist Group's Complaint Backfires, Lands Nativity In Full Public View

    12/19/2014 1:37:55 PM PST · by Morgana · 18 replies
    cns news ^ | December 15, 2014 | Brittany M. Hughes
    (CNSNews.com) -- When the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) went after a city council in Jay, Fla., for displaying a nativity set on public property, the atheist group might have won a battle, but seems to have lost the war. The FFRF, known for protesting any and all religious displays in public places, sent a complaint letter recently to local officials in the 526-person city of Jay, arguing against the life-sized nativity that had been set up on the site every Christmas for nearly 40 years, the group said in a press release. In a letter sent to the city’s...
  • Straight Answers: Who Were the Magi?

    12/15/2014 1:25:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | Fr. William Saunders
    Who were the Magi? The Gospel of Matthew mentions the Magi who came from the East to worship the newborn Christ child (cf. Matthew 2:1-12). Exactly who the magi were though remains somewhat of a mystery. Oftentimes, the English translations of the Bible use the word astrologers for magi. In Greek, the original language of the Gospel' the word magos (magoi, plural) has four meanings: (1) a member of the priestly class of ancient Persia, where astrology and astronomy were prominent in Biblical times; (2) one who had occult knowledge and power, and was adept at dream interpretation' astrology, fortune-telling,...
  • Was the Gospel of St Luke 'written' by MARY?

    04/14/2014 4:20:41 PM PDT · by GreyFriar · 47 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | April 14, 2014 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    Dr. Adam Bradford believes third Gospel was originally a legal document. He says it was written by Luke, a Greek physician, as a letter of support for St Paul who was imprisoned for the political crime of supporting Jesus. Details about Jesus' childhood could only have come from Mary, he claims. He argues feminine words in the scripture give away the true author.
  • The Humility that Heals – A Homily for Christmas

    12/25/2013 4:57:33 AM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12/24/2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I. The Paradox of this Night - In a way, we are too familiar with the Christmas story, and so many of its strange paradoxes and stunning “absurdities” fail to shock and amaze us. And yet it does not take long to consider that no human being would ever craft this sort of entrance of God into our world. Surely we would envision God’s entrance in Cecil B. DeMille proportions.  (DeMille was producer of “The Ten Commandments” and other classic Hollywood Epics, in case I’m showing my age). Yes, there would be grand sets, a cast of thousands, palaces, trumpets,...
  • Atheists' Billboard Calls Nativity a 'Myth'

    11/30/2010 12:44:20 PM PST · by Borges · 130 replies · 4+ views
    Fox ^ | 11/29/10
    <p>A group called the American Atheists has paid for a huge billboard on Route 495 outside the Lincoln Tunnel in North Bergen, N.J., that is raising some eyebrows.</p> <p>The billboard shows a silhouette of the Three Wise Men approaching the Nativity, with the words: "You KNOW it's a Myth / This Season, Celebrate REASON!"</p>
  • THE DIGITAL STORY OF THE NATIVITY

    12/26/2013 6:28:23 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 7 replies
    Funny!
  • Stolen Nativity Statue Discovered with Razor Wire Protest Sign

    12/25/2013 11:25:06 AM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Breitbart
    SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- A King Balthazar statue stolen from a nativity scene in a Spanish city turned up with a note protesting the use of razor wire on the Moroccan border. The life-sized figurine, stolen from Santiago de Compostela's Plaza del Obradoiro Friday morning, was found outside the office of the General Secretariat for Emigration with a sign denouncing the use of razor wire on the border between Morocco and Spain's North African enclave of Melilla, TheLocal.es reported Tuesday. The razor wire has been controversial, with many arguing it inflicts injuries on desperate migrants. The...
  • Christmas

    12/24/2013 5:41:02 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 79 replies
    The Holy Bible(KJV) | G*D
    Matthew 1 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV) 1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; 3 and Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram; 4 and Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon; 5 and Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; 6 and Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of...
  • Labor of Love

    12/23/2013 5:33:51 AM PST · by Biggirl · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 23, 2013 | Andrew Peterson
    A good and blessed Merry Christmas to the Free Republic community.
  • Churches using GPS to keep track of Baby Jesus

    12/21/2013 10:14:08 AM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    JERSEY CITY, N.J. - It's a problem some churches didn't know how to handle until now. One security company is using its power to partner with a symbol that needs a little help this holiday season. Each year, Baby Jesus figurines are stolen from nativity scenes across the country. Now, church owners are fighting back. A GPS device is put inside the doll to prevent theft.
  • The Non Religious Winter Birth Diorama

    12/19/2013 6:19:01 PM PST · by The_Harlequin
    Uncommon Sense ^ | 12-17-13 | Chris Shugart
    A wild hare takes part in a rally race somewhere in Spain.