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You don't have to be Christian to appreciate this one (though it helps to know the basic elements of the story being parodied -- and to have a nodding acquaintance with a certain social media site):
The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to Facebook
Sniggled from [livejournal.com profile] nateprentice. Share and enjoy! (Note: It's a .pdf, not a web page.)
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From the World Day of Peace address of Pope Benedict XVI:
Respect for creation is of immense consequence, not least because “creation is the beginning and the foundation of all God’s works,” and its preservation has now become essential for the pacific coexistence of mankind. Man’s inhumanity to man has given rise to numerous threats to peace and to authentic and integral human development -- wars, international and regional conflicts, acts of terrorism, and violations of human rights. Yet no less troubling are the threats arising from the neglect -- if not downright misuse -- of the earth and the natural goods that God has given us. For this reason, it is imperative that mankind renew and strengthen “that covenant between human beings and the environment, which should mirror the creative love of God, from whom we come and towards whom we are journeying.”
Amen. Full text here.
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Biblical Archaeology Review has an interesting article here summing up for a popular audience the current state of the scholarship on why Christians celebrate Christmas on December 25. It's not what you might think:
In the end we are left with a question: How did December 25 become Christmas? We cannot be entirely sure. Elements of the festival that developed from the fourth century until modern times may well derive from pagan traditions. Yet the actual date might really derive more from Judaism -- from Jesus’ death at Passover, and from the rabbinic notion that great things might be expected, again and again, at the same time of the year -- than from paganism. Then again, in this notion of cycles and the return of God’s redemption, we may perhaps also be touching upon something that the pagan Romans who celebrated Sol Invictus, and many other peoples since, would have understood and claimed for their own too.
I'm always up for an appeal to the surviving documentation -- also for a more nuanced view of the development of early Christianity in its social as well as theological milieu. The reductionists who deny either the inculturation or the uniqueness of Christmas make me sad, which is unfitting for the holiday:

Tempus adest gratiae
Hoc quod optabamus;
Carmina laetitiae
Devote reddamus.

ETA: Don't read the comments on the article. Wanking over the use of "CE/BCE" is not appropriate to the holiday, either.
nebroadwe: From "The Magdalen Reading" by Rogier van der Weyden.  (Default)
This is me ranting about the liturgical idiom of my faith community, a topic almost certainly of no interest to anyone except perhaps [livejournal.com profile] kanja177 and [livejournal.com profile] nateprentice, so behold! A cut!

Dagnabit, if I can't shout 'Crucify him!' then I'm not coming! )

tl;dr: Don't take the crowd parts away from the congregation during the reading of the Passion narrative on Palm Sunday and Good Friday. You know not what you do.

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