The biblical reference to shepherds tending their flocks at night when they hear the news of Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:8) might suggest the spring lambing season; in the cold month of December, on the other hand, sheep might well have been corralled. 165–264) goes so far as to mock Roman celebrations of birth anniversaries, dismissing them as “pagan” practices—a strong indication that Jesus’ birth was not marked with similar festivities at that place and time.Yet most scholars would urge caution about extracting such a precise but incidental detail from a narrative whose focus is theological rather than calendrical. As far as we can tell, Christmas was not celebrated at all at this point.Our role as an independent, fact-based news organization has never been clearer.And our promise to you is that we will always strive to provide indispensable journalism to our community. With this understanding we reject any use of religious articles as if they were mere charms or had some magic power to bring us good luck or better health. , the cross was a favorite symbol and badge of their faith in Christ. This faith in, and special devotion to, the Cross was passed on to succeeding generations of Benedictines.Devotion to the Cross of Christ also gave rise to the striking of medals that bore the image of St.Subscriptions are available for home delivery of the print edition and for a digital replica viewable on your mobile device or computer. We evaluate Australian Shepherds and Australian Shepherd mixes from selected shelters and private owners no longer able to keep their Aussies.
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