Feb. 14 - Saint Valentine's Day
I received this in an email, and I thought I would share it, as it was very interesting. I knew the story of St Valentine and the story behind the "X" in "Xmas", but the information toward the end regarding the "X", criss cross and signing by the "X" I did not know.
In the 3rd century, Emperor Claudius II was faced with defending the Roman Empire from the invading Goths.
He believed men who were not married made better soldiers so he forced the military to ban traditional marriage.
He also forced the Senate to deify the former Emperor Gallienus, including him with the Roman gods to be worshiped.
With January 6th, the Epiphany, coming up, I thought I would share some of the Christmas legends behind some time honored traditional symbols of the Christmas season.
The Legend of the Candy Cane
According to legend there was a candy maker who wanted to invent a candy that was a witness to Christ.
First of all, he used a hard candy because Christ is the rock of ages. This hard candy was shaped so that it would resemble a “J” for Jesus or, turned upside down, a shepherd’s staff. He made it white to represent the purity of Christ.
Finally a red stripe was added to represent the blood Christ shed for the sins of the world, and three thinner red stripes for the stripes He received on our behalf when the Roman soldiers whipped Him. Sometimes a green stripe is added as a reminder that Jesus is a gift from God.
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The Christmas standard, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, is to most a rambling of strange ‘gifts’, which tests our memory. However, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” had a more solemn intention with significance beyond the seemingly trite ‘gifts.’
The English had begun writing Christmas carols in the 15th century, but when the Puritans came to power they suppressed both Christmas and its carols. After Christmas was restored in England, festive songs praising the occasion were written, but the only legal church was the state church – Church of England. Between 1558, the year Queen Elizabeth I ascended the throne, and 1829, when George IV was king, Catholics in England were forbidden from any practice of their faith by law – public and private. It was, at that time, illegal to be Catholic punishable by imprisonment or execution.
St Nicholas as Santa Claus
Nuns in France supposedly first began leaving treats on St. Nicholas Eve, December 5th, for the small children of poor families. St. Nicholas’ gifts were usually good things to eat: apples, oranges, nuts and eventually cookies and sweets. The custom quickly spread across Europe and was adopted by both rich and poor.
Bishop Nicholas & the Council of Nicaea
How Nicholas Became a Bishop
A very long time ago when the Bishop of Myra died, other bishops gathered to select a new bishop for the See of Myra. As they met, they discussed and prayed, but were not able to discern the right choice to be the new bishop.
One night, the oldest and wisest bishop heard a voice in the night telling him to watch the doors of the church the next morning before matins. The first person to enter the church by the name of “Nicholas” was to be the new bishop. This wise bishop told his vision to the others, urging them to pray as he waited at the doors.
History of Saint Nicholas
Naysayers claim St. Nicholas existed only in legend, without any reliable historical record. Legends, though, usually grow out of factual events; however, they may be embellished to make events more interesting. St. Nicholas’ legend may be reality intertwined with myth. While all of the “Santa Claus” legends are clearly fairy tales, the following facts of St. Nicholas’ life are purported to be derived from historical truth. These stories give us an idea of his personal character, as well as what the man may have been like. The information and stories here have been compiled from several Internet sources, including EWTN, Catholic Online and one which claims to have gathered their information ‘from various sites throughout the Internet’. This site states they ‘made every effort to compare and... Read More
This week's featured rosaries are in line with Veterans Day, Friday, November 11th. These rosaries are popular with our military personnel, past and present and their families. They feature the Camo Rosaries and the In God We Trust God Bless America Rosary.
Desert Camo Yellow Ribbon Rosary
The Camo Rosaries began as a dedication to the US Armed Forces. Being a US Air Force brat, I always try to remember our military personnel. I searched for beads that were similar to the fatigues worn by military personnel.
The Desert camo version mimics the sand with the gemstone Picture Jasper. This gemstone's brown, tan and cream earth tones gives the impression of sandy expanses and rocky mountains.
I am happy to announce I am adding some of my photographic prints to the store.
I probably will not add all of my prints to the store, but I will try to offer the religious themed ones. The selection will be limited to those prints that will fit the 5x7 print size.
Watermarks, obviously, will not be on the print you receive.
If you find a print you like and would like it in a bigger size, please feel free to contact me, and I will check to see if I can get it in that size.
I am using a commercial photograph printer for these prints.
They will be in a matte finish only, unless you request them in a glossy finish.
The prints will be ready for your matting and framing.
These are the same prints available on my artist website, Robyn Stacey Fine Art, featured on my homepage under "My Other Storefronts". The selection is bigger and prints are... Read More
Good Shepherd Rosary
EXCLUSIVELY crafted by Robyn!
Exquisite rosary featuring Jesus the Good Shepherd!
The Lord is my shepherd…
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
He leadeth me beside the still waters.” ~ Psalm 23
Each bead in the body of this comforting rosary is as green as the pastures they embody.
Each bead on the pendant reflects the blue of the still waters.
Each “Our Father” bead represents us, Jesus’ sheep/flock.
The greatly detailed center has a full-color depiction of Jesus, the Good Shepherd holding a lamb along with more of His flock at His feet leading them through a gate.
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Star of Bethlehem Rosary
Stardust 2-Tone Miraculous Medal Pewter Rosary
EXCLUSIVELY crafted by Robyn!
When I first came across Stardust beads, I was mesmerized by them. They are far more captivating in person than in any photograph! Trying to capture their dazzling beauty was one of the hardest things I have tried to do, and to be honest, I believe, I failed.
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