The ADVENTure of Christmas (9 of 12)

posted by Jeffrey on Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 9:35 PM

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Have you ever wondered why window seals are adorned with candles during the Christmas season? During the 17th century, British conquerors of Ireland implemented harsh laws to eradicate Irish traditions. The Irish were forbidden to vote, educate their children, or own land. Under the new legal regulations, Irish priests were banished from the land under pain of death.

Legend has it that despite their British conquerors, Irish families of faith placed a single candle in three windows, or three candles in one window, to symbolize Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. These candles served as a sign to traveling priests that their doors were unlocked and he was welcome to come and share a meal and the celebration of Christ-mass.

When you see candles in the windows of your neighbors, know that it is the face of Jesus that shines as the Light of the World and that no man or heavenly power can hide it. He is good and His love endures forever.


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