First-Born

The word, though casually taken in Holy Writ in a metaphorical sense, is most generally used by the sacred writers to designate the first male child in a family. The first-cast male animal is, in the English Bibles, termed "firstling". The firstlings, both human and animal, being considered as the best representatives of the race, because its blood flows purest and strongest in them, were commonly believed, among the early nomad Semitic tribes, to belong to God in a special way.

Bethlehem

The old Hebrew name beth lehem, meaning "house of bread", has survived till the present day. In its Arabic form, however, bet lahm, it means "house of meat"......

Advent (Year B)

Advent is a time for double celebration, namely (i) the historical birth of Jesus and (ii) the preparation for the waiting(advent) of the 2nd coming of Jesus. The 1st Advent Sunday Mass 2nd Reading was based on the grace and gifts .....

John the Baptist

Son of Zacharias and Elisabeth, being of priestly descent through both parents. This lineage was essential, since John was the embodiment of the law of Moses, designed to prepare the way for the Messiah........

Holy Eucharist

The Last Supper held by Christ and His disciples on the eve of His Passion at which He instituted the Holy Eucharist. The Evangelists and critics generally agree that the Last Supper was on a Thursday, that Christ suffered and died on Friday.......

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