Behold! the angels said, ‘Oh Mary! God gives you glad tidings of a Word from Him. His name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honour in this world and the Hereafter, and in (the company of) those nearest to God.
– Qur’an 3:45
Nativity, Gerard von Honthorst (1590-1656)
Today we celebrate Jesus Christ’s 2011th birthday.
We don’t know the year Jesus was born. But it’s believed he …Read more
The fourth Sunday before Christmas marks the beginning of the liturgical calendar in much of the Western Church. Advent Sunday corresponds to the Sunday nearest Saint Andrew’s Day (November 30).
Advent comes from the Latin Adventus,meaning ‘arrival’. During Advent Christians prepare for both the anniversary the birth of Christ, as celebrated on December 25, and the anticipation of the Second Coming.
The first records of what we now call Advent date from 5th and 6th …Read more
September 14 is the Triumph of the Cross, in the Roman Catholic Church, or the Exaltation of the Cross in the Eastern Orthodox Church.
It commemorates the rediscovery of the cross on which Christ was executed. The True Cross was discovered by Helena, mother of Constantine, the first Christian Emperor of Rome, during her pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 326 AD.
Constantine later ordered a church to be built at the spot where the True Cross was …Read more
April 21, 2011; April 1, 2010; April 9, 2009
Holy Week — Now that’s a name. It makes sense. It’s holy. It’s a week.
But some of the names of the individual days of the week…
Good Friday remembers the day Christ was crucified and killed. So whoever was in charge of naming either had a morbid sense of irony or put an extra ‘o’ in God, and the name stuck.
Easter, the cornerstone the Christian calendar, the …Read more