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Sunday, December 3,
of Lessons and Carols
Wednesday, December 13,
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Christmas Eve Service
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Monday, December 25, 2017
Sunday, December 31, 2017
THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE
1914 - World War I: Just after
midnight on Christmas morning, German and British troops on the Western
Front cease firing their guns and artillery and sing Christmas carols.
Crossing the No man's land, they trade gifts with the enemy forces that face
them. They also played a game of football with a makeshift ball (fashioned
by the Germans) This truce lasts for several days, depending on the
1818 - The first performance of
"Silent Night" takes place in the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf,
Does X-MAS Take Christ Out of
see the X as we would see it in the English language, such as in an
equation representing an unknown quantity or as in x-rated,
representing an obscene movie rating.
On the surface, it may appear that Christ is being taken out of
Christmas, but is this what is really going on?
Symbols from the early church
The early Christians used the symbol of a fish when persecution was
great by the Romans. This symbol was an acronym for the Greek word
for fish, ichthus. Early Christians wrote this symbol on the ground
when they met someone they didnít know to discover if the person was
Christian. Now the ichthus is the universal symbol for Christendom.
When we see the X we think of the English letter, but in actuality
it is the first letter of the Greek word for Christ, Christos. Which
is transliterated into our English alphabet as X. So, the X has come
through the history of the church to be a shorthand symbol for the
name of Christ.
The intention of the X
There is a long history of Christians using the symbol X for Christ.
Just as the early Christians used the fish symbol to distinguish
other Christians, so there is no disrespect intended in using the X
in Xmas. X = Christos (Greek word for Christ)
-Jacquelyn Woolard, To Live is Christ
"The Twelve Days of Christmas"
The possible meaning of the well-known Christmas carol
"The Twelve Days of Christmas".
The famous song about the 12 Days of Christmas
was written in England as a catechism song for young Catholics in
the days when it was illegal to practice or teach the Catholic
Faith. It contains hidden meanings intended to help children
remember lessons of faith.
There appears to be no conclusive historical evidence to prove this
origin of the song. Nevertheless, the traditional association
between the gifts mentioned in the song and various spiritual gifts
is a fun way to turn a seemingly secular Christmas carol into a
valuable learning tool. So let's have fun with it!
Partridge In A Pear Tree = Jesus christ
Turtle Doves = The Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity, the
4 Calling Birds = the Four Gospels
Golden Rings = The first Five Books of the Old
6 Geese A-Laying = the six days of creation
7 Swans A-Swimming = the seven gifts of the Holy
8 Maids A-Milking = the eight beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing = the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 Lords A-Leaping = the ten commandments
11 Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles
12 Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of doctrine
in the Apostle's Creed
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