And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; because he was of the house and lineage of David.To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Friday, December 23, 2011
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Happy Saturnalia everone! It is said that during the period of winter solstice in ancient Rome, Saturnalia as it was then called, the slaves and servants were waited upon by their masters for a period of three to six days. Hard to believe. Also the Roman calender was annually reconfigured during this time leading to the announcement of the new year.
Back to work slaves. So the festival of Saturnalia may have been the progenitor of our festive season with its call to peace, reconciliation, generosity and so on bearing in mind that republican Rome morphed into a Christian empire by the 3rd or 4th century AD.
@brahmavihara, thanks adding more information about this.
Why does Roman calendar needs to be configured during this time? I wondered.
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