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Sunday, October 16, 2011

On this day…

The other day I was looking up how to spell epiphany and it brought this up…

e·piph·a·ny

   [ih-pif-uh-nee] Show IPA

noun, plural -nies.

1.

( initial capital letter ) a Christian festival, observed on January 6, commemorating the manifestation of Christ to the gentiles in the persons of the Magi; Twelfth-day.

 

I love that my daughter was born on this day!  Her due date was on the 4th, and I even went in to be induced, and she said, NOPE!  Then on the 6th she decided to make her wonderful entrance into this world.  Love that she is born on such an important day! 

 

Here’s a little more about it…

Nativity of Jesus

"Adoration of the Shepherds" by Gerard van Honthorst, 1622

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

For other uses, see Nativity of Jesus (disambiguation).

The Nativity of Jesus, or simply The Nativity, refers to the accounts of the birth of Jesus in two of the Canonical gospels and in various apocryphal texts.

New Testament accounts of the Nativity of Jesus appear only in the Gospel of Luke and the Gospel of Matthew. There has been debate among scholars as to whether these two accounts can be partially reconciled or if they are totally contradictory.[1] Some scholars view the narratives as non-historical[2][3]while others view the discussion of historicity as futile, given that Luke and Matthew do not seem concerned with presenting a historical narrative but shape their accounts to the traditions of their age.[4][5][6] Scholars of the historical Jesus generally do not consider much of the birth narratives to be historically useful.[7] Both gospels describe Jesus being born in Bethlehem, in Judea, to a virgin mother. Luke features the Christmas story,[8] in which Joseph and Mary, as part of a census, travel to Bethlehem, where Jesus is born and laid in a manger. Angels proclaim him a savior for all people, and shepherds come to adore him. In Matthew, wise men follow a star to Bethlehem to bring gifts to Jesus, born the King of the Jews. King Herod massacres all the toddler boys in Bethlehem to kill Jesus, but the holy family flees to Egypt and later settles in Nazareth.

The Nativity of Jesus in Christian theology concerns the Incarnation of Jesus in human form, free of sin and acting in obedience to and in fulfillment of the divine will of God, thereby undoing the damage caused by the fall of the first man, Adam, and opening the opportunity for salvation. Early debates about the theology of the Nativity resulted in early schisms in the Church by the 5th century. The main religious celebration among members of the Catholic Church and other Christian groups is the Church service on Christmas Eve or on the morning of Christmas Day. During the forty days leading up to Christmas, the Eastern Orthodox Church practices the Nativity Fast, while the majority of Christian congregations (including the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, many Mainline churches, and Baptists) begin observing the liturgical season of Advent four Sundays before Christmas—both are seen as times of spiritual cleansing, recollection and renewal to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus.

The Artistic depiction of Nativity has been a major subject for Christian artists since the 4th century, both pictorial and sculptural, and the Nativity has inspired a large body of liturgical music, Christmas Carols and folk music. Since the 13th century, the Nativity scene has emphasized the humility of Jesus and promoted a more tender image of him.[9][10][11]

 

And here is another link about it… Smile
Feast of the Nativity

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