May 27th Trinity Sunday

Today is Trinity Sunday in Australia. So why should we care? Well it’s celebrated as well in Canada, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom and here in the United States. It combines the Trinity, The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost (Or Holy Spirit) into one.

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This is a hard concept for many to believe but it’s sort of like the President, the Vice-President and the Secretary of State except in a union where all three work together, exist because of each other and blend themselves into one. Obviously the President, Vice-President and Secretary of State don’t do that!

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The day was created by Pope Gregory IX in 828 CE. (So why isn’t it celebrated in Italy?). It’s symbol is the Borromean rings, three rings connected to one another. It is one of the few church celebrate doctrines.

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If you are a Christian it is an important Sunday. The idea that three separate entities can become one is hard to understand. But God is the Father, Jesus is the Son and the Holy Spirit is the light that they bring to you. One does not exist without the other, combined they are the perfect union.

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Either you believe, or you don’t. Most religions have something similar to this. To those of us that follow Christ, it is hard for us to imagine something else. However, as we ask for tolerance of what we believe, we must also give tolerance to what others believe.

How to celebrate – Learn more about Trinity Sunday. Celebrate the day in Church. Be tolerant of others.

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April 1st Easter

This is the day that Jesus rose from the dead. It is a sacred day in Christianity. There is so much I could say, and probably would be better if I did but… I can’t believe how much stuff is going on today! Lord, please forgive on this Holy day but here goes.

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This also happens to be International Tatting Day! Not that I actually know what that is but if you are a tatterer, it’s your day. I suppose it has something to do with a sewing pattern.

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It is also April Fool’s Day. You know, the day you play all sorts of weird tricks on people and then shout, “April Fool’s”. It gets pretty old, pretty fast, but it is good for a few laughs. Watch out for nonlogical perils to come your way.

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Today is also International Fun At Work Day. However, since it is a Sunday I hope you are not finding yourself stuck at work. I really appreciate those business’ that shut down for Easter since it is the Lord’s Day anyway. But if you are at work, you might want to try and find someway to enjoy yourself. Just make sure you keep in mind that it is April Fool’s Day as well.

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And last, but not least, it is our CEO’s birthday! Born so many centuries ago that we’ve all forgotten, this is her day to shine (that is intended as a joke! April Fool’s!) So there you have it, Easter, International Tattering Day, April Fool’s Day, International Have Fun At Work Day and our CEO’s birthday! Lots of stuff for you to celebrate!

How to celebrate – While all the days may seem important please remember it is Easter. If you are a Christian, hold the day up to the honor it deserves, if you are not Christian, please allow Christians to celebrate as they allow you to celebrate your important days.

March 30th Good Friday

Today is Good Friday, the day Christ died on the Cross. I have always had a little issue with it being called Good Friday, it seems like it should be Bad Friday. But since it is the beginning of Christianity, for us Christians I guess it is good, in a way. The dates vary since it is the Friday before Easter and Easter varies.

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This is a very Holy Day for Christians as Christ died on the cross for our sins. The idea of dying on the cross was a Roman torture, meant to dissuade others from committing the same crime. Pontius Pilate did not think Jesus guilty of any crime but sent him to the cross to appease the crowd and the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem and history remembers the rest.

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Jesus died after 6 hours, it took most 36 or more hours to pass. It is said the sky turned dark and the earth shook when he succumbed. For years it was known as Dark Friday, in some places it is still observed as such. He died at 3 PM on Good Friday.

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On Easter Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven. There He would judge between the quick and the dead and buy for we Christians our chance at Heaven.

How to celebrate – Remember Jesus on Good Friday. Study the events that led up to Good Friday. Respect others religious choices.

March 25th Palm Sunday

Today is the beginning of Holy Week for all Christians. (At least that I know of) It is the day that Jesus rode in on a donkey into Jerusalem and saw the world change forever.  Palms were laid down on the ground and held up in the air to celebrate Jesus’ entry. This was very upsetting to the Sanhedrin and Rome.

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The palms were used as a part of the celebration of Sukkot. During Sukkot, temporary housing was built, normally out of palms, where people were to live for the day doing no other work. It should be noted that not only palms were placed down in Jesus’ path but garments and other types of branches as well.

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The people shouted “Hosanna” which basically means “save us” in Hebrew. They were welcoming their King and Lord into their lives. Regrettably, not long after many of these same people were shouting “Crucify Him”.

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Those receiving Palms on Palm Sunday should remember that after taking the Palms home they should be buried or burned, not just randomly discarded. As with most religious symbols, they are meant to remind us of what came before us. No matter your religion, the value of any religious symbol should be honored by all.

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How to celebrate – If you are Christian, attend church today. Remember to bury or burn the palms you have gathered. Remember those who came before us.

March 2nd World Day of Prayer

For me, I know prayer works. It may not for you and it does not always bring me what I hope for but it does bring me what is best for me (funny how what we want is not always what is best for us). Today is sponsored by “Church Women United”.

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The day was founded by Mary Ellen Fairchild James, a Methodist from Brooklyn, NY for home missions in 1887. Forty years later, in 1927, the day was established on the 1st Friday of March. After another 40 years the Second Vatican Council accepted the day allowing all Catholics to participate in the day, 1967.

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We are taught that saying prayers in a group works better – that when enough voices pray for the same thing they are more often acted upon, not because they mean more than your private prayers, but because they are brought to God by more voices that care. That makes sense, but I believe your individual prayers are heard just as clearly.

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When you think no one is listening to you, you are wrong. You are always heard but you have to believe. After-all, if you don’t believe in who you are praying to, then why should you believe your prayers will be answered.

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How to celebrate – Say a prayer today.

 

January 6th Feast of the Epiphany – Three Kings Day

Today is the Feast of the Epiphany, the day the Three Kings (Or wise men) actually found Jesus in Bethlehem. Once again, the actual dates are not known for sure but it was twelve days after Jesus was born that the Wise Men found him. They were Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar.

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They had followed the star until reaching the manger where Jesus rest. They brought gold, frankincense, and myrrh as gifts for the Son of God. As such, many Christians do not give their gifts to their children until the 6th of January, the day Jesus received his gifts of the Magi.

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Of course most children would drive their parents insane these days waiting that long and at least in my house by then, the cats would have ripped open every gift under the tree. Oh, and if you have a real Christmas tree it might be a little droopy by the 6th.

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However, Christmas is really short anyway so if you like extending it for as long as you can, you can justify holding out to the 6th. All joking aside, these are the days Christians cherish, and should. To think that the birth of Jesus is all about just one day is to not truly understand what we worship.

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How to celebrate – If you can, keep your lights up until the 6th so that Wise Men might find you! Give gifts on the 6th to keep the holiday traditions. Never stop seeking the Lord (for many of us that is Jesus).

December 3rd Advent Season

Today begins the season of Advent. The 4 weeks before Jesus was born in the Christian religion. It is a Holy Season, the most Holy Season on the Christian Calendar. It is the preparation for the birth of Jesus, a time for prayer and joy.

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The date does vary with the year, since the days of the year change. This year Advent begins on the 3rd. It always falls on Sunday 4 weeks before Christmas. Every Sunday has a different meaning, celebrated by lighting candles on a wreath, a German tradition.

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There are four candles on the wreath, three purple and one pink.The first lit is a purple one and stands for hope. The second purple is for love. The third is the pink candle and stands for joy, also known as Joyful Sunday. The 4th candle, third purple is for peace. Most wreaths also contain a white candle center, lit on Christmas for the birth of Jesus.

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Different religions have different beliefs and each has key days they celebrate. All should be allowed to celebrate their own days without interference from others. Most honor this belief, for those that don’t they have no real religion.

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How to celebrate – If you are Christian, celebrate the beginning of the Advent Season. Create your own wreath for Advent. Attend church at least one of the 4 Sundays in Advent.