You may be a bit confused today. Other people’s actions may send you into a whirlwind of conflicting emotions. You may be sensitive regarding your goals. Discipline is a key aspect of today. Stay true to the principles you hold most dear and you won’t go wrong. Friends are waiting in the wings to help you with whatever bothers you. Don’t hesitate to ask for assistance.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Many congregations within the Eastern Orthodox Church commemorate the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt on December 26. According to the Gospel of St. Matthew, King Herod wanted to seek out and kill the infant Jesus. But an angel warned Joseph, the husband of Jesus’ mother, Mary, of the danger and instructed him to take the family to Egypt for safety and to remain there until Herod’s death. Two days later, according to the Gospel, all of the male children under two years of age in Bethlehem were massacred, an event that is commemorated on Holy Innocents’ Day. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Dewey was an American admiral and a hero of the Battle of Manila. He graduated from the US Naval Academy and served with Union naval forces in the American Civil War. In the Spanish-American War (1898), his Asiatic Squadron sailed to the Philippines and defeated the Spanish fleet at the Battle of Manila Bay, destroying eight Spanish ships in six hours and suffering only one American fatality. His victory led to the US acquisition of the Philippines. What rank did Congress create for him in 1899? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
This Day in History: Boston Red Sox Sell Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees (1919)
Between 1914 and 1919, Ruth compiled an outstanding pitching record, but because pitchers do not play in every game, he was shifted to the outfield so that his powerful hitting could be used consistently. The following season, he was sold to the New York Yankees, and his batting feats and public personality helped salvage baseball’s popularity, which had been damaged by the Black Sox scandal. According to legend, Ruth was sold by the owner of the Red Sox in order to finance what? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Crinoline is a stiff fabric made with cotton warp and horsehair. By the 1850s, the term was being applied to a large, steel-framed underskirt used to give skirts a fuller shape. This sort of crinoline enjoyed widespread popularity for over a decade despite the fact that it could endanger one’s life. It is believed that a number of women burned to death in part because their crinolines made their garments more flammable. How, according to legend, did a crinoline save the life of one jilted lover? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
The traditional Christmas narrative, the Nativity of Jesus, delineated in theNew Testamentsays that Jesus was born inBethlehem, in accordance withmessianic prophecies.WhenJosephandMaryarrived in the city, the inn had no room and so they were offered astablewhere theChrist Childwas soon born, withangelsproclaiming this news to shepherds who then further disseminated the information.
Although the month and date of Jesus’ birth are unknown, the church in the early fourth century fixed the date as December 25.This corresponds to the date of thewinter solsticeon the Roman calendar.Most Christians celebrate on December 25 in theGregorian calendar, which has been adopted almost universally in thecivil calendarsused in countries throughout the world. However, part of theEastern Christian Churchescelebrate Christmas on December 25 of the olderJulian calendar, which currently corresponds to January 7 in the Gregorian calendar. For Christians, believing thatGodcame into the world in theform of mantoatonefor thesinsof humanity, rather than knowing Jesus’ exact birth date, is considered to be the primary purpose in celebrating Christmas.
“Christmas” is a shortened form of “Christ‘smass“. The word is recorded asCrīstesmæssein 1038 andCristes-messein 1131.Crīst(genitiveCrīstes) is from GreekKhrīstos(Χριστός), a translation ofHebrewMāšîaḥ(מָשִׁיחַ), “Messiah“, meaning “anointed”;andmæsseis from Latinmissa, the celebration of theEucharist.
The formChristenmaswas also historically used, but is now considered archaic and dialectal.The term derives from Middle EnglishCristenmasse, meaning “Christian mass”.Xmasis an abbreviation ofChristmasfound particularly in print, based on the initial letterchi(Χ) in GreekKhrīstos(Χριστός), “Christ”, though numerousstyle guidesdiscourage its use.This abbreviation has precedent in Middle EnglishΧρ̄es masse(where “Χρ̄” is an abbreviation for Χριστός).
In addition to “Christmas”, the holiday has been known by various other names throughout its history. TheAnglo-Saxonsreferred to the feast as “midwinter”,or, more rarely, asNātiuiteð(fromLatinnātīvitāsbelow).“Nativity“, meaning “birth”, is from Latinnātīvitās.In Old English,Gēola(Yule) referred to the period corresponding to December and January, which was eventually equated with Christian Christmas.“Noel” (or “Nowel”) entered English in the late 14th century and is from the Old Frenchnoëlornaël, itself ultimately from the Latinnātālis (diēs)meaning “birth (day)”.
The gospels ofLukeandMatthewdescribe Jesus as being born inBethlehemto theVirgin Mary. In Luke, Joseph and Mary travel fromNazarethto Bethlehem for the census, and Jesus is born there and laid in a manger.Angels proclaimed him a savior for all people, and shepherds came to adore him.
Handel – Messiah – by London Philharmonic (Complete Concerto/Full)
Messiah, composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible, and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer.
It was first performed in Dublin on 13 April 1742 and received its London premiere nearly a year later.
After an initially modest public reception, the oratorio gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music. ( From Wikipedia)
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