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Ascension Lutheran Church

Posted on 2012.12.25 at 00:00
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I have a new path. Its the 2-mile walk to my grandfather-in-law's new assisted living facility now that we've all moved to Wichita. It takes me half-an-hour to walk there. Along the way I pass the Ascension Lutheran Chruch (annotated by a cross on the map) where signs surrounding the area proclaim, "PUT CHRIST BACK IN "CHRISTMAS!" While we all make assumptions, it is especially noticeable when a global entity makes such a glaring error about itself. It sucks the faith right out of you when you learn that a leader of an ideology doesn't understand its own ideological history.

Long answer: One of the oldest Christograms is the Chi-Rho or Labarum. It consists of the superimposed Greek letters chi (Χ) and rho (Ρ), which are the first two letters of Christ in Greek. Technically, the word labarum is Latin for a type of vexillum, a military standard with a flag hanging from a horizontal crossbar. A Chi-Rho Christogram was added to the flag by the Emperor Constantine I in the late Roman period. Therefore Christogram and labarum were not originally synonyms. The most commonly encountered Christogram in English-speaking countries in modern times is the X (or more accurately, Greek letter chi) in the abbreviation Xmas (for "Christmas"), which represents the first letter of the word Christ. (Lifted directly from Wikipedia, though there are many sources of this information.)

Short answer: The "X" in "XMAS" stands for Christ. Ergo, "XMAS" = "CHRISTMAS"

So despite the fact that every scholar of Christianity is aware of the pagan origin of Christmas, Christ ironically remains in Xmas. Now, let the butthurt stop, and may you have a very Merry Christmas, or whichever pagan yule festive you choose celebrate during Winter Solstice :)


CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2012-12-25 07:11 (UTC) (Link)
What they are referring to when they say "PUT CHRIST BACK IN "CHRISTMAS!" is the over commercialization of Christmas. They are reminding people what Christmas is really about. The birth of Christ our savior not shopping. We have a magnet with a manger scene on the expedition that says "Keep Christ in Christmas" that we bought from the Knights of Columbus at St. Frances Cabrini.
ehowton at 2012-12-25 16:01 (UTC) (Link)
Well that makes a lot more sense. And at the same time, a lot less. Assuming its not a recruitment drive, I mean it probably won't sway atheists to give up a secular Christmas and embrace Christ as their personal Lord & Savior - this is a strategy to remind themselves? Like a Post-it Note? Or just to remind "other" (presumably less pious) Christians?
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2012-12-25 17:53 (UTC) (Link)
Actually it is directed solely at Pentecostals to remind them to stop their pagan ritual of dancing with and worshiping snakes and worship Jesus instead.

I actually had a pentecostal in my car that said and I quote "Did you know that Catholics (The early Christians) put Christmas on a pagan holiday." Unfortunately I can't convey the ignorant, inbreed hillbilly accent that he said it in. The worst part of this story is that I have to work with this moron.

His daddy is dead, his mentor is dead but worshiping snakes is still the way and the light.

Edited at 2012-12-25 06:42 pm (UTC)
ehowton at 2012-12-25 20:24 (UTC) (Link)
Scholars of Christianity (or even, presumably history (that would be you)) - while they may differ on their interpretation of whether or not snake worship may or may not be the way and the light - are well aware of the biblical ambiguity surrounding the actual date of birth of Christ, and its close association with the winter solstice. The Almanac for Pastoral Liturgy does point out the date was chosen by "Western Christianity" (of which the Roman Catholic Church is considered). So your inbred coworker's oration skills notwithstanding, it is a fascinating study about all that came about.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2012-12-25 18:20 (UTC) (Link)
I've always liked the Chi-Rho. It is a shame many Christians don't know of its meaning.
ehowton at 2012-12-25 20:24 (UTC) (Link)
Quite regal, isn't it?
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2012-12-25 22:06 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it is. I also prefer Christmas over the Roman holiday Saturnalia that it replaced. I would hate to have been the sacrificial victim. I'll take a holiday about peace and love over misrule and sin any day.

Edited at 2012-12-25 10:07 pm (UTC)
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