Constructed in 1900, the “Halloween House” served both as an “exotic place” for one of the Church of Satan’s members to express his beliefs, and as a venue for the local community to celebrate Halloween.
How did the nativity scene come about? What are its names in different countries? What does it look like and what are its features? Which nativity scenes are considered the largest in the world and why? All the answers are below.
As a guest at a medieval manse, I recall my bravado when late at night I was invited to enter the unsealed wooden door of a forbidding garret. My hosts stood well back as cautiously I opened the door to peer into a blackness. Other than the darkness I couldn’t see anything but was aware of what I describe tersely as a hideous malevolent entity inviting me to enter. Slamming the garret door shut I fearfully retreated.
HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF as throughout much of the European Union (EU) Christmas and New Year, under the guise of Covid-19 lockdowns Christmas and New Year 2020 are banned. People may not gather to celebrate Christmas mass, attend Church services in numbers, celebrate the New Year. Sections of stores given over to selling children’s toys, tinsel and garlands, tableware for Christmas festivities. Even Christmas-related food stuffs are declared illegal. Nothing makes sense unless one understands the nature of Bolshevism, which is now called Globalism and ‘diversity’.
Read by Mother Miriam: We see heads of nations and religious leaders pandering to this suicide of Western culture and its Christian soul. While, the fundamental rights of citizens and believers are denied in the name of a health emergency, that is revealing itself more and more fully as instrumental to the establishment of an in human faceless tyranny, a global plan called the great reset is underway.
In the middle ages, many Russian communities, especially in the Novgorod and Pskov regions, believed in building churches as response to calamities raging at that time, most often epidemics. The tradition known as obydennye khramy requires that the church be completed within the course of a single day. These one-day votive churches were built by communal labor and were simple in design and small in size. Construction usually began at night and ended before sunset of the following day. By nightfall, the church had to be consecrated. Made of wood, they stood no more than 40-50 years.
This time of year, there are Christmas wreaths adorning everywhere imaginable—from doors and fences to lampposts and windows—even the front grille of the car! How did a round bit of greenery come to symbolize the holidays?
The ancient Spanish city of Salamanca, situated on the banks of the River Tormes, is one of the oldest university towns in Europe with a rich and elegant collection of Renaissance, Roman, Gothic and Baroque monuments. Among them are two majestic cathedrals built between the 12th and 18th centuries. The New Cathedral, constructed between the 16th and 18th centuries, features late Gothic style with a Baroque styled cupola. The cathedral’s vaulted stone ceilings contain graceful paintings and its sandstone walls are intricately carved. But one element is peculiarly out of place and out of time.
Saint Barbara is the patron saint of miners. She is among the 14 Holy Helpers of the Roman Catholic Church, the “Patron of Good Death.”
In the German-speaking countries, Thanksgiving is an autumn harvest celebration called Erntedank or Erntedankfest (“harvest thanksgiving festival”). The observance usually takes place in September or October, depending on the region. Similar harvest festivals are common in many countries and regions around the globe.