1…………> As the twinkling lights of the zodiacs above have bashfully surrounded the brilliant star that has risen over Bethlehem and the world, let’s celebrate the birth of a child, a son of God that has come to shine the golden rays of his love and mercy on us. Merry Christmas to all.
Merry Christmas from Miss KotKot 1581
2………..> A celebration of light, a victory over darkness
In this season of divine expectations and wishes for miracles, let’s share the blessings of the child from Bethlehem with all of Abraham’s children.
3…………> Back To Church: Mosul
Christian worshippers in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul celebrated their first Mass on Sunday since Daesh overran the city in 2014.
The Mass was held at the Church of St. Paul in eastern Mosul, pastor Saad Saliwah told Anadolu Agency.
“Our church bells rang for the first time in more than three years since Daesh captured the city,” he said.
The Mass was attended by the patriarch of Iraq’s Chaldean Catholic Church, Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako, and a host of religious and military figures.
4………….>Jesus Birth: The Gospels
The real stories of Christmas have very little to do with the reality according to research by distinguished theologians.
Firstly, the actual birth day of Jesus was not on December 25, but a date we celebrate that was adopted by the Christian church as his birthday in the fourth century.
Secondly, linking Jesus’s conception with his death nine months prior to December 25 was important for underscoring salvation.
Thirdly, the actual birth of our Saviour according to Luke recounts the story of the angel Gabriel appearing to Mary, the couple’s journey to Bethlehem because of a census and the visit of the shepherds. And finally, according to Luke 2:7 “Mary gave birth to her firstborn son, she swaddled him and laid him in the feeding trough because there was no space for them in their guest room”, since Joseph and Mary stayed with family but the guest room was too small for childbirth and hence Mary gave birth in the main room of the house.
5…………> Son Of God: Buddha
Photo taken on Dec. 22, 2017 shows a golden statue of Buddha under the starry sky on Mount Emei in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. Mount Emei, one of the four sacred mountains for Buddhism in China, has been placed on the World Heritage list by the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee.
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