Celebrating God’s true light during Christmas

Take this time to commemorate the birth of the Son of God together with your precious children. Merry Christmas!

Intercession

Christmas …

Celebrating a new beginning.

The earliest reference to Christmas being marked on Dec. 25 comes from the second century after Jesus’ birth. It is considered likely the first Christmas celebrations were in reaction to the Roman Saturnalia, a harvest festival that marked the winter solstice—the return of the sun—and honored Saturn, the god of sowing. Saturnalia was a rowdy time, much opposed by the more austere leaders among the still-minority Christian sect. Christmas developed, one scholar says, as a means of replacing worship of the sun with worship of the Son. By 529 A.D., after Christianity had become the official state religion of the Roman Empire, Emperor Justinian made Christmas a civic holiday. The church fathers of old wanted to put Christian stamps on old rituals. They thought the feast of the winter solstice, when the days get longer again, would be a good time to celebrate that…

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