Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. There are often misconceptions about the Immaculate Conception. Take this quiz to see how much you know.
1. This Feast celebrates the conception of Christ in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. True or False
2. The Immaculate Conception means that Mary was born without sin. True or False
3. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a Holy Day of Obligation. True or False.
4. This Feast was first celebrated in the Eastern Church and was called the Feast of the Conception of Saint Anne. True or False
5. The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is something that all Catholics must believe. True or False
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On this Marian Feast Day why not take in Apparition Hill at the Port Theatre tonight at 7:15.
Santa Claus is a staple of Christmas in North America, but did you know that he is loosely based on a real person who lived centuries ago! (Santa Claus is an American invention, an anglicization of Sinterklaas, the Dutch name for Saint Nicholas.) Nicholas was a fourth century Greek bishop of Myra. (Today, Myra is known as the town of Demre and is located on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey.) Nicholas was the only child of Christian parents. Sadly, both of his parents died during an epidemic when he was a young man and he was raised by his uncle - the Bishop of Patara. Nicholas’ parents left him financially well off and he became determined to devote his inheritance to works of charity. It is believed he died on this day in the year 343.
Today, many European countries still celebrate the arrival of Saint Nicholas as seen in these photos taken last year in the town square in Prague, Czech Republic.
Visit to the St. Nicholas Center to learn everything you ever wanted to know and more about this saint!
Watch this short video bio of St. Nicholas. Or watch Nicholas: the Boy who Became Santa with your children or grandchildren.
Second Sunday of Advent
…I am baptizing you with water, for repentance,
but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I.
I am not worthy to carry his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (Matthew 3:11)
John the Baptist was born the “miracle” son of Zachariah and Elizabeth, who was thought to be too old to have children. They were told the joyous news by the Angel Gabriel who visited them and who told them his name was to be John.. Zachariah being a bit of a skeptic did not believe and his power to speak was taken away until the time his son was born and named John, in fulfillment of God's will. It was John who announced the coming of Christ to the people.
Extra: John the Baptist (video)
Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness
by Geertgen tot St. Jans
hangs in the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin.