Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional  




22 November 2015
posted by Canon Dakin on 01-12-2015

Handel composed an oratorio about the events of Christmas and Easter. He called it: The Messiah. Messiah means ‘the anointed one’. Since among the Jews the simple rite by which a man was made king was anointing with oil he was messiah. More broadly messiah stands for liberator. Jews of our Lord’s time were looking for a liberator who would establish their independence. They believed he would be a descendant of David, their greatest king. Our Lord had constantly to be dodging their expectations. By his parables he tried to get across the idea of a kingdom that was not earthly but spiritual.

He was not successful. The charge against him attached to the cross was ‘Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews’. He had been accused of being a revolutionary, challenging Caesar. He accepts the title messiah or king when being quizzed by Pilate but insists that he is operating in another world to that of marching armies. It is on the cross, in his death, at the moment of seeming failure, that he becomes our liberator, that he makes the world free to attain his kingdom.

This feast of Christ the King was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 togive people confidence to assert their faith when society was drifting further and further in the direction of a life-style without any reference to God. This may have been one of the effects of the Great War. We are remembering the centenary of battles that entailed a terrible loss of life. The idealism with which men went to war was replaced by a deep cynicism and bitterness.  God was discredited.  We have since been through a Second World WarIt seems to happen that relief from hardship and suffering induces people to take their pleasure where and when they can without looking for a deeper meaning in life. The 21st century shows an even stronger drift away from faith. In a recent survey 67% of people interviewed said that Christ was irrelevant to their Christmas and a third of childrenhad no answer to the question ‘Whose birthday was on Christmas Day? ‘.  It would seem that the Christmas treewith its gaudies has driven out the crib. So we have a bigger challenge than in the 1920s. Christmas - Christ Mass - without Christ is meaningless. So how do we assert his relevance?There’s one simple way to do it.  We send only religious Christmas cards - especially to those people who would never send a religious one themselves.

from Poeme D amour posted on 24-08-2017


nice post thanks for sharing I'm loving it

Texte d amour
Citation Sur L'Amour
phrase d amour
poeme d amour


from sleemalax posted on 23-08-2017


Most of the time I don’t make comments on websites, but I'd like to say that this article really forced me to do so. Really nice post!plastic bags for sale


from BlackMen posted on 27-07-2017


This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I love seeing blog that understand the value of providing a quality resource for technology


from BlackMen posted on 27-07-2017


thanks this is good through the up coming page


from BlackMen posted on 16-07-2017


Excellent information on your blog, thank you for taking the time to share with us. Amazing insight you have on this, it's nice to find a website that details so much information about different artists.NBA LIVE Mobile Basketball Hack


from BlackMen posted on 13-07-2017


including reasonable comments here.Remove Reports


from BlackMen posted on 09-07-2017


I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often. iptv


from CogniFlex Scam Review posted on 13-04-2017


However, the ingredients added are not mentioned in the amount used in CogniFlex Scam Review so it is little hard to say that whether it will really provide the benefit or not.


from David Pual posted on 27-03-2017


Combination record is critical and fundamental in all circumstances and essences. Buy custom essay .It is performed for the improvement and criticalness. The components and demonstrations of the circumstances are offered and used. The visits of are done in best enthusiasm of the understudies and all people


from jessica alex posted on 10-03-2017


Fusion index is very important and necessary in all times and connotations. It is performed for the betterment and urgency. The elements and acts of the times are offered and utilized. The visits of management assignment are done in best interest of the students and all individuals.


<<< Prev 1 2 Next >>>



Add Comment

Email (optional)
Remember me
Bold Italic Underline Strikethrough Subscript Superscript Font color Font Family Font Size Left Align Center Align Right Align Teletype Horizontal Line Marquee Quote Flash Image Image E-mail link hyperlink List
Characters Left
Security Code (copy the security code from the image above)
Password (admins only)



Return to Home Page