Saint Valentine

St. Valentine’s Day

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Who was St. Valentine and why do we associate his feast day with romantic love?  St. Valentine (Valentinus in Latin) died a martyrs death on Feb. 14, 269 AD near Rome.  We don’t know when he was born, how old he was when he was killed, or much else about him with any degree of […]

Epiphany

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Today (January 6th), the Church celebrates Epiphany, a Greek word which basically means manifestation or appearance.  On Epiphany (sometimes called Theophany – Vision of God) the Church celebrates the revelation of God the Son in Jesus Christ.  Western Christianity focuses this celebration on the visit of the Magi – as described in Matthew 2:1-12, viewed […]

12 Days of Christmas

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Though we celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25th (as I wrote in a previous post), the Church, by tradition, celebrates Christmas for 12 days, as reflected in the well-known Christmas carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas. The 12 days occur between Christmas and Epiphany (January 6th), which celebrates the visit of the Magi upon […]

Christmas & Solis Invicti

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In 274, the Roman Emperor Aurelian added Solis Invicti (The Unconquered Sun) as a Roman god, and set December 25th as his festival because of his birth on that date – Dies Natalis Solis Invicti (Birthday of the Unconquered Sun).  The Roman Emperor Constantine officially ended this festival. Since the 18th Century, some have proposed […]

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Christmas

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Christians celebrate December 25th as the birth of Jesus Christ.  Yet no one alive on Earth knows for sure the actual date of the Birth of Christ – and Scripture does not even mention the date of His birth.  So why December the 25th? We celebrate December 25th based on a long-standing tradition in the […]

Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday

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Church tradition knows this Sunday (June 8th) as Pentecost Sunday, usually considered the birthday of the Church, when the Holy Spirit descended upon and filled the Apostles.  If you count starting by including Easter, it’s the 50th day of what the liturgical calendar knows as Easter-Tide (which ends that period of time, and starts what is known […]

Easter - A Joyful Easter-Tide

Easter-Tide

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In the liturgical calendar, Easter begins a period of time called Easter-Tide.  It begins on Easter day and lasts until the day of Pentecost – 50 days later. This period of time includes the 40 days between the Easter – the Resurrection – and the Ascension of Christ (into Heaven).  In a way, these 40 […]

Liturgical Calendar

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Christians from a liturgical tradition tend to be familiar with the liturgical calendar.  Those from a non-liturgical tradition tend to be only vaguely familiar with it, and only loosely observe it. It is an old tradition within Christianity, though different traditions observe it in diverse manners.  It mainly observes Christmas and Easter, which almost all […]

God Bless America

God Bless America!

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At the close of our service on Sunday, in preparation to celebrate the 4th of July, we sang God Bless America, with the prelude, which is usually not sung.  It resonated with the message which emphasized the call to holiness in Sanctification which speaks to the freedom we have in Christ (as well as in […]