The Truth Behind Christmas
Christmas Carols: "The word
'carol' is derived from the word 'carola,' which means a ring dance.
Carols, then, have long been thought of as an early form of sacred folk
music, dating in time from the early middle ages. During this period
they seem to have been an integral part of the early mystery and miracle
plays which were widely used by the medieval church (read Roman Catholic
Church) for teaching religious dogmas.
The carols were sung during these plays as an intermezzo between the various
scenes, much like the role of a modern-day orchestra between the scenes of a
drama production. Then, in 1627 the English Puritan parliament abolished the
celebration of Christmas and all other 'worldly festivals.' During the
remainder of the seventeenth century and well into the eighteenth century,
there was a scarcity of these folk-like carol hymns in England.
Charles Wesley's 'Hark! the Herald Angels Sing' represents one of the
relatively few, important carol hymns to have been written during this
time." (Taken from 101 More Hymn Stories, by Kenneth W. Osbeck)
The Truth Behind St. Patrick's
He was not Irish. He was in his
grave 175 years before the Catholics even mentioned him. His real name
was Sucat. His father was a Christian deacon and his grandfather was a
preacher in the ancient Baptist church of Britain.
At sixteen years of age he was captured by a band of Scottish pirates and
sold to a chieftain in Ireland.
While a slave cattle/sheep herder, Sucat (Patrick) came to Christ.
Escaping slavery he returned to Britain, but he could not escape the call of
God to return to Ireland.
At forty years of age (approximately 428 A.D.) he began his missionary work
in Ireland. He first won the king to Christ, then thousands.
Before his thirty-three years of ministry were finished, all Ireland was
evangelized. This was the beginning of the Golden Age of Ireland,
which became known as the "Isle of Saints."
The real Patrick was an ancient Baptist, in salvation, in theology, and in
missionary zeal. Patrick was a "saint," not because of some
pronouncement of popery, but because he trusted in Christ. He was St.
Patrick the Baptist!
A Daily Prayer of Patrick
I bind unto myself today
In the strong name of the Trinity
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three
I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward,
The Word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.