Saturday, December 04, 2010

Happy Feast of Lights!!

A Brooklyn resident lighting candles on Hannuk...Image via WikipediaIt's the time of celebration of victory and miracles. Chanukkah, or the Feast of Lights and Feast of Dedication, is an eight day holy day that observes the victory our the enemy and the miracle of lights for eight days. Jesus celebrated the day in the winter and went to the Temple. The story of Chanukkah is found in the book of I Maccabbes, where Judas Maccabees and the priests stood off an evil Seleucid Syrian Antiochus IV Epiphanes in theTemple for eight days. They only had enough oil for a day but miraculously it burned for eight days.

Christians celebration the Feast of Lights, in respect and awe of the Lord Jesus Christ as the "Light of the World" and it is a time of prayer and reflection with the Lord to re-dedicate ourselves as living temples of His Holy Spirit. We place at our tables a menorah or candelabra with eight staves and each day light a candle and give a prayer of thanksgiving and worship to our Lord for His Grace and Mercy He offers of Eternal salvation.  This is the victory we have over sin in Jesus who gave His Life on the cross and rose triumphant from the Tomb on the third day. During these eight days we give gifts to family, friends, co-workers, and help others who are less fortunate, the poor, homeless, and orphans. The tradition at our house is a buffet-style dinner with a dessert tray of pastries, jelly doughnuts, and fruit tarts.

I just wanted to take out this time to wish you and yours the best and happiest Holiday and Holy Day season. God (YHVH) bless you!
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