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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Passing Mass

I went to St. Pius X Catholic church the other day, and found it to be a very interesting place. An interesting blend of ancient traditions, and modern architecture (modern for the sixties when it was built, that is).

It is the only church I know of that literally has a door right out on to the main street. There isn't even a front step, I don't think.

Anyhoo, what with Christmas just passing and all, I thought I would say a word or two about the origins of celebrating the birth of Jesus on December 25th.

From all biblical interpretation, it is seen as HIGHLY unlikely that this is even close to the time of Jesus' birth. The shepherds were out in the fields, and I am told that it often snows in the winter time in and around bethlehem. Shepherds would not send their sheep out into the fields at night in winter. It's taught in Shepherding 101 people.

No, it was probably September or October.

The date of Dec. 25th was selected in the fifth century, by Rome, as the best time to celebrate Christmas because it corresponded to the winter solstice celebration. This was not intended to encourage the pagan traditions surrounding solstice, but to overshadow them, encouraging people to remember the state religion, Christianity.

Then there is the fact that it is called Christ's Mass. Yup, there is no doubt about it, we are all adopting a Catholic tradition, set at a pagan date when we celebrate Christmas in December.

Of course, as we all know, it is largely irrelevant these days to many people, except for Macy's, the Bay, and Sears, each of whom abandonned their previous years "Happy Holidays" slogan for the less P.C. "Merry Christmas". They found that business was up when they recognized Christmas, and down in years when they tried to appease the non- Catholic and Pagans.

See you soon with a legitimate post about something more "jacob-ish".



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At 12:57 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

umm ok

anyways, my dad believes the Birth of Christ to be actually at Succot-which is one of the High Holidays celebrated around September-October.

It is also the feast where we erect booths and serve food and stuff (traditionally apples and honey, but also usually other fruits etc.), and the Greek word for manger may actually denote the table that the food is served on. So instead of a manger in a stable, it might be a table-like thing in a booth.

Now as for the acquisition of Christmas by Coca-Cola and various other shareholders, I think the "desacredising" (or whatever the word is) of Christmas may just be a good thing. You see, maybe a few decades down the road, all us Christians will wise up and want to celebrate the birth of Christ at Succot (ala Mr. Holukoff, barring the likely possibility that he was joking...), and so we will. What then to do with the holiday of December 25th? Well whether or not it keeps it's name, it's already pretty much lost its religious meaning anyways, and has really almost entirely become an event of European culture. Many cultures have events that don't necessarily tie into any religion (yes, I use this word on purpose), but if you rebut me by citing the myriads of those that do, then lets just say that this one's associated with the religion of atheism or something... Hey it works.

Anyways so it'll essentially be splitting Christmas in twain: the celebration of the birth of Christ in accordance with the Christian faith (yes, I use this word on purpose) in September-October, and a Western cultural event in December.

If this doesn't work, or out of habit we still feel the need to celebrate something Christian at the end of the year, then a September birth puts the annunciation at around the New Year anyways...


At 12:59 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

and as for appropriating Catholic traditions,

hey Catholics go to Heaven too ya know! They believe in the same God, the same cross, the same resurrection, and Protestants have the same amount of religious, ceremonial and doctrinal nonsense anyways-it just looks different...


At 1:00 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh yeah and I'm setting a Mass for my final project, in the original Latin...

At 10:59 a.m., Blogger Michael said...

*whispers* Celebrating birthdays is also a pagan tradition - show me in the bible where Jesus asks that we celebrate his birthday...

At 5:10 p.m., Blogger Sgt Steve said...

was it just me or did the vast majority of people seen quite hum bug this holiday season?? I heard that the Salvation Army recieved half of what they normaly get. hmm. and it just didn'e "feel" like christmas to me. Well, that can only mean one thing, the end is near.

lol, i joke.

At 6:16 p.m., Blogger Mel J said...

We were taught oin higher education that Jesus was born in around our spring time. April- May. Now who would want to believe in higher education.

At 4:17 a.m., Blogger Brendan Daniel Serez said...

did that higher education teach you how to spell 'in' properly?

I agree with you jake.

At 10:34 p.m., Blogger Andrew G said...

is santa dead too Jacob????


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