Christianity

The church of Dominus Flevit (“The master cried”) in Jerusalem is a beautiful Catholic-Franciscan church, that had been built on the ruins of a Byzantine church, in 1955; to commemorate Jesus’ crying when he looked at Jerusalem and realized that the city is about to lose itself to hatred, self-destruction and...

Year 2015 is just around the corner… New Year’s Day is the first day of the year, in the Gregorian calendar. In modern times, it is January 1. In most countries, it is a holiday. It is still celebrated as a religious holy day on January 14 by those who still follow the Julian calendar such as followers of some of the...

New Year's Eve, December 31, in the Gregorian calendar, is also referred to as Saint Sylvester's Day.  This holiday is usually celebrated by evening social gatherings, at which most people drink, dance, eat and usually enjoy a fireworks' show that symbolizes the beginning of a new year. Midnight is the ultimate time...

Christmas festivities take place in Israel, every year; in a glamorous style. Major cities of worship are Jerusalem, Nazareth, Haifa and Jaffa. Prayers, celebrations and festivities are exquisite and many non- Christians join the events in awe. Come and join, too. Merry Christmas!

Jesus’ crucifixion is described in all four gospels. After the trial, Jesus was required to carry his cross; the route is believed to be the Via Dolorosa, in Jerusalem.  On the top if the cross an inscription was carved with the words: “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews”. After receiving Pilate’s permission, the...

It is the veneration of all souls that are in Heaven, even if they are not officially canonized or beatified. Anyone who is in Heaven is a holy person. He or she is in the presence of God, sees God face-to-face, and is entirely pleasing to God. Since it is impossible to know all these persons, whose number is...

The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 15 August, has a double object: (1) the happy departure of Mary from this life; (2) the assumption of her body into heaven.Today, the belief in the corporeal assumption of Mary is universal in the east as well as in the west.  

The day after Christmas, the Feast of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, is better known as Boxing Day.  The term probably refers to the opening of Church’s poor-boxes on that day; maybe from the earthenware boxes with which boy-apprentices collected money at the doors of their masters’ clients. Nowadays, we see,...

In the days of the early Christian church, only Easter Sunday was celebrated as a holy day. By the fourth century, each day of the week preceding Easter were established as holy days including Good Friday.    To most Christians, Good Friday is really a misnomer in that it was a "bad" Friday—the crucifixion...

The festival of Thanksgiving is a major festival in America, and it is Believed that its roots stem with the ancestor Pilgrims. But the fact is that the festival of Thanksgiving is amongst the oldest festivals celebrated by mankind. Ancient tribes performed elaborate feasts and made offerings to the gods to appease...

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