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  • Merry Christmas 2020: Good Tidings of Great Joy

    12/25/2020 3:21:53 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 5 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 12-25-20 | MOTUS
    And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the...
  • Abp. Viganò: Vatican Nativity is ‘expression of apostasy, immorality and vice’

    12/22/2020 8:59:34 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | December 22, 2020 | Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò
    Abp. Viganò: Vatican Nativity is ‘expression of apostasy, immorality and vice’This irreverent monstrosity is the mark of the universal religion of transhumanism hoped for by the New World Order; it is the expression of apostasy, immorality and vice – of ugliness erected as a model. And just like everything that is constructed by man’s hands without God’s blessing, indeed against Him, it is destined to perish, to disappear, and to crumble.December 22, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has written the following reflection on this year’s Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square.EN GREGE RELICTO[1] Considerations on the Nativity scene...
  • Church Leaders Who Cancel Christmas Services Are Clinging To Government Lies, Not Christ

    12/02/2020 9:59:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 2, 2020 | Carina Benton
    We should demand that our pastors mark the Nativity with pomp and refuse to support churches whose leaders cower behind the lie that church is nonessential. The Supreme Court’s ruling last Wednesday against discriminatory targeting of religious groups with COVID-19 restrictions marked a significant victory in the ongoing battle to preserve religious liberty. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, hostile stakeholders in public office have assaulted the first freedom through superciliously labeling religious services “nonessential.” Christians in much of the country now find themselves in the demeaning and intolerable position of being allowed to worship only in the manner and...
  • Days before Christmas, Jupiter and Saturn will look like one bright star — some believe the alignment is the same described in the Bible

    11/28/2020 12:11:05 PM PST · by CheshireTheCat · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 25, 2020 | Carlos Garcia
    A rare event in the heavens just ahead of Christmas will feature an alignment of planets that a famous astronomer believed was the phenomenon that is mentioned in the Bible when Jesus Christ was born. The alignment of Jupiter and Saturn will appear in the skies on December 21, the winter solstice. The last time the rare alignment of the planets was this close was in 1623, nearly 400 years ago. That was only 14 years after Galileo discovered the moons of Jupiter with the invention of the telescope. Another famous astronomer, Johannes Kepler, posited in 1614 that the alignment...
  • Vatican Christmas Display to be ‘A Sign of Hope’ Amid Pandemic

    11/04/2020 5:52:19 AM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | November 3, 2020 | Hannah Brockhaus/CNA
    Vatican Christmas Display to be ‘A Sign of Hope’ Amid Pandemic Pope Francis last year wrote a letter about the meaning and importance of nativity scenes, calling for this “wonderful sign” to be more widely displayed in family homes and public places throughout the world. Pope Francis last year wrote a letter about the meaning and importance of nativity scenes, calling for this “wonderful sign” to be more widely displayed in family homes and public places throughout the world."> VATICAN CITY — The Vatican announced the details of the 2020 edition of the annual Christmas display in St. Peter’s...
  • Jesus' childhood: The holy family flee to Egypt

    12/29/2019 10:32:43 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 20 replies
    Matt. 2:13-18 Joseph is warned by an angel in a dream to take Jesus and Mary to Egypt to escape King Herod’s wrath (see 3 on Map 4). They escape by night, just before Herod orders the murder of all baby boys born in and around Bethlehem during the last two years. The ‘massacre of the innocents’ was typical of Herod’s extreme behaviour recorded independently by the Jewish historian Josephus. Herod was intensely jealous and chronically insecure. He had suffered a severe breakdown in 29BC after he murdered his wife Mariamne and his brother-in-law Joseph after falsely accusing them of...
  • How the Creator of 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' Got the Gospel Past CBS Executives

    12/24/2019 8:40:34 AM PST · by powermill · 18 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | December 24, 2019 11:30 AM EST | By Scott Whitlock
    Watching A Charlie Brown Christmas has been a tradition for millions since it first aired on December 9, 1965. While many love the iconic Vince Guaraldi score, the humor and the animation, one part of the special has always stood out and made it unique: Linus’s recitation of the Gospel of Luke. Explaining the true meaning of Christmas in a network television special broadcast to millions was a controversial move, even 54 years ago. In 2015, a retrospective on A Charlie Brown Christmas. Michael Cavna explained Peanuts creator Charles Schulz’s mission in making the special: Charles Schulz insisted on one...
  • "At the season of the nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, masses should be celebrated during the night" ~ The ancient origin of Midnight Mass at Christmas

    12/24/2019 8:05:15 AM PST · by Antoninus · 8 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | December 20, 2018 | Florentius
    As Christmas approaches, it is well to remember that many of the traditional Nativity practices of the Church were instituted deep in antiquity. One such is the celebration of Mass at midnight on Christmas eve. There is evidence that this tradition began as early as about AD 130 and was instituted by Pope Saint Telesphoros. We find the following passage in the Liber Pontificalis which was likely first compiled in the 5th or 6th century: "[Telesphoros] appointed that at the season of the nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, masses should be celebrated during the night, for in general no...
  • "Eight Days Before the Kalends of January" ~ The Earliest Sources for the December 25 dating of Christmas

    12/17/2019 10:36:24 AM PST · by Antoninus · 23 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | December 21, 2017 | Florentius
    It's that festive time of year when those who profess not to care a whit about religion expend countless hours and billions of pixels to demonstrate that Jesus Christ was not born on Christmas. But before you succumb to their pathological zeal, take a few minutes to read some of the ancient sources from which we originally derived the date of December 25 as the nativity of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, the Son of the Living God. The first clear source for this date is Hippolytus of Rome, a somewhat mysterious figure from antiquity who may have been an...
  • The Myth of the Nativity Wise Men

    12/16/2019 3:32:30 PM PST · by Maudeen · 136 replies
    Learn Religions ^ | 3/15/2019 | Sam O'Neal
    Correcting a common misunderstanding of the Christmas season We all have our pet peeves, right? We all have those little things that seem to bother us more than they should. Well, I hope you'll forgive me if this seems petty, but one of my pet peeves involves the "Wise Men" (or "3 Kings" or "Magi") who are almost always included in nativity scenes and plays that show up each Christmas as depictions of Jesus' birth. Why do Wise Men bother me? It's not a personal thing. I have nothing against the Magi as individuals, I'm sure. It's just that they...
  • Political Nativity: California Methodists Display Caged Holy Family

    12/11/2019 6:23:44 PM PST · by lightman · 63 replies
    The Institute on Religion & Democracy ^ | 9 December A.D. 2019 | Jeffrey Walton
    A Progressive United Methodist congregation in Southern California is marking the Advent season with an outdoor nativity display featuring the holy family in cages. According to the Los Angeles Times, the depiction of Jesus, Mary and Joseph as refugees in cages likens one of the most well-known images of the Christmas season to photos that have become synonymous with criticism of the Trump administration’s border separation policies. “We don’t see it as political; we see it as theological,” Claremont United Methodist Church lead pastor the Rev. Karen Clark Ristine told the Times. “Imagine Joseph and Mary separated at the border...
  • Joseph's Doubts...Mathew nativity pt 2

    Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the...
  • Does anyony remember this Nativity story?

    11/28/2019 6:02:23 PM PST · by fproy2222 · 16 replies
    Vanity
    I remember part of a Nativity story I heard as a kid. If anyone remembers it please relate the whole story. What I remember is that during a Sunday School pageant about the Nativity the kid playing the inn keeper didn't follow the script and invited Mary and Joseph to take his room. There was more to the story and if anyone has it I would be grateful.
  • America at Christmas

    12/27/2018 10:03:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 27, 2018 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    What if Christmas is a core value of belief in a personal God who lived among us and His freely given promise of eternal salvation that no believer should reject or apologize for? What if Christmas is the rebirth of Christ in the hearts of all believers? What if Christmas is the potential rebirth of Christ in every heart that will have Him, whether a believer or not? What if Jesus Christ was born about 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem? What if He is true God and true man? What if this is a mystery and a miracle? What if...
  • Nativities – Angels We Have Heard – Bruce Mitchell Choir – by Paul Kosinski

    12/24/2018 4:28:22 PM PST · by mairdie · 3 replies
    A wide range of illustrations of Nativity scenes.
  • Can Anything Good Come From Nazareth?

    12/24/2018 3:53:34 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 7 replies
    Ministry Matters ^ | 2011 | Adam Hamilton
    The Christmas story begins in the town of Nazareth nine months before the birth of Jesus. Now, if any narrative ever cried out for attention to detail it is this one, so it’s worth taking a good look at this little town and what it might tell us about the nature and character of God. Nazareth is much more widely known today than it ever was in Jesus’ day. It is not among the sixty-three villages of Galilee mentioned in the Hebrew Talmud or the forty-five mentioned by first-century Jewish historian Josephus, who knew the area well. This was an...
  • The Sign of The Inn, The Cave and of the Swaddling Clothes ... Luke's Nativity pt 8

    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...
  • UK: Nativity scene destroyed in Ilford, baby Jesus found decapitated

    12/23/2018 11:33:09 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 38 replies
    A nativity scene in Ilford has been “destroyed by idiots”.The British Pakistani Christian Association (BCPA) paid for and installed the statues to remind people in the High Road of the real meaning of Christmas. Yet, in an attack on Christianity, the Virgin Mary and Joseph have been smashed and the infant Jesus was decapitated. A local non-religious resident told the Ilford Recorder the incident was “religious desecration”. She said: “It is three days before Christmas and this happens”. Further saying, “Any other religion and there would be an outcry and it would have been fixed already. “It is a desecration...
  • Austin couple builds nativity scene with baby Jesus in 'ICE' detainment cage

    12/23/2018 10:23:45 AM PST · by bgill · 47 replies
    kvue ^ | Dec. 23, 2018 | Luis de Leon
    One Central Austin couple's Christmas decorations are stirring up some controversy. In their front yard sits a nativity scene showing baby Jesus in a cage in with "ICE" written on it, Mary and Joseph separated outside of the cage and a quote from the Statue of Liberty written on a scroll. It's all in protest of children being detained at the border and separated from their families... "If anyone is offended by our display, please know that we want to start this dialogue and have people thinking about why children are in cages," Naranjo said. This isn't the first time...
  • Who Were the Wise Men?

    12/22/2018 6:47:32 PM PST · by pcottraux · 52 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | December 22, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    Christmas 2018: Who Were the Wise Men? By Philip Cottraux The Nativity scene. Amongst the yearly plethora of Christmas trees, gifts, same radio songs playing over and over, and Santa Claus, we constantly look to the Nativity to remind ourselves of the reason for the season. But this year I want to focus solely on one of the strangest aspects of the Christmas story. The wise men are one of the most iconic images of Christmas. Somehow mixed in all the winter imagery is a forlorn desert-scape under a starry night. Three men dressed as Persian royalty ride camels toward...