What’s on your mind?

What is an Advent Wreath? How is it connected to Christmas? Historically, the origins of the wreath date back to ancient Romans. They decorated their homes with greenery for the feast of the sun god on December 25. It was a celebration of the return of the sun to the northern hemisphere. The Roman emperor…

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Why do Catholic altars have relics? Relics became integrated in the Catholic Church at the Second Council of Nicaea in 787 when Church authorities passed a law stating that every church should have a relic at its altar. A relic is, strictly speaking, the mortal remains of a saint and, in a broad sense, the…

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How are the Sunday Scripture readings chosen? In the first century the Church celebrated the Eucharist by obeying Christ’s directions and doing as He had done at the Last Supper the night before He died. Today, scripture is proclaimed on Sundays according to a schedule of passages called a lectionary. For Roman Catholics, it is The Lectionary for the Mass. The earliest Christians simply read whatever scriptures were available in their community. The first “lectionaries” which appeared by the fifth or sixth…

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How do I know?

I got a Bible for Christmas. How do I know if it’s approved by the Catholic Church? The easiest way to tell for your Bible and many other religious books is to look in the front pages of the book.  Approval from the Church has to be requested and the document reviewed. Look for these…

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I have a question about Christmas trees. Can you explain when, where and how they started? The early Christians during the middle ages in Germany celebrated  December 24 as the feast of Adam and Eve.  One of the customs at the time included a fir “paradise” tree decorated with apples which stood for the Tree…

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