Hadji is our "mahout"!!! Go here, go there! Love your photos and the glimpses of the fascinating city you live in. Dear Ron, I would have to be very adventurous to take camel an d elephant rides too. Thank you Mr Joseph. I wish the phot came out clearer. The elephant was moving and my Sony Cybershot is not too good withe moving objects. The painting is going on. I don' t want the men to hurry - thye might become carelass if I ask them to hurry.
Dear Holly, animals have ruled our roost. Our pets thinks they are the masters and we were created to serve them. My Jimmy used to tell us when to eat and when to go to bed. Prince Hadji seems to be proud of you. Amrita, I love your posts. They are so rich in history and learning of a new culture I am so happy to see that you are feeling better! Big hugs, trish. Post a Comment. I like to listen to online Christmas music while working. Big hugs, trish 8 December at Post a Comment.
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I am serving the Lord in my church and community. The purpose of my blog is to share the trials and triumphs of life in India and encourage friends to pray for us.
You can call it a cross cultural blog View my complete profile. Follow by Email. Marco Polo claimed that he was shown the three tombs of the Magi at Saveh south of Tehran in the s:.
In Persia is the city of Saba , from which the Three Magi set out when they went to worship Jesus Christ; and in this city they are buried, in three very large and beautiful monuments, side by side.
And above them there is a square building, carefully kept. The bodies are still entire, with the hair and beard remaining. Paul William Roberts provides some modern-day corroboration of this possibility in his book Journey of the Magi.
Reputedly they were first discovered by Saint Helena on her famous pilgrimage to Palestine and the Holy Lands. She took the remains to the church of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople ; they were later moved to Milan some sources say by the city's bishop, Eustorgius I  , before being sent to their current resting place by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I in The Milanese celebrate their part in the tradition by holding a medieval costume parade every 6 January.
A version of the detailed elaboration familiar to us is laid out by the 14th-century cleric John of Hildesheim 's Historia Trium Regum "History of the Three Kings". In accounting for the presence in Cologne of their mummified relics, he begins with the journey of Helena , the mother of Constantine I to Jerusalem, where she recovered the True Cross and other relics:.
Queen Helen… began to think greatly of the bodies of these three kings, and she arrayed herself, and accompanied by many attendants, went into the Land of Ind… after she had found the bodies of Melchior, Balthazar, and Gaspar, Queen Helen put them into one chest and ornamented it with great riches, and she brought them into Constantinople The visit of the Magi is commemorated in most Western Christian churches by the observance of Epiphany , 6 January, which also serves as the feast of the three as saints.
The Eastern Orthodox celebrate the visit of the Magi on 25 December. Qur'an omits Matthew's episode of the Magi. However, the Persian Muslim encyclopaedist al-Tabari , writing in the 9th century, gives the familiar symbolism of the gifts of the Magi.
Al-Tabari gave his source for the information to be the later 7th century Perso-Yemenite writer Wahb ibn Munabbih. Holidays celebrating the arrival of the Magi traditionally recognise a distinction between the date of their arrival and the date of Jesus' birth. The account given in the Gospel of Matthew does not state that they were present on the night of the birth; in the Gospel of Luke, Joseph and Mary remain in Bethlehem until it is time for Jesus' dedication, in Jerusalem, and then return to their home in Nazareth.
Western Christianity celebrates the Magi on the day of Epiphany , January 6, the day immediately following the twelve days of Christmas , particularly in the Spanish-speaking parts of the world. According to the tradition, the Magi come from the Orient on their camels to visit the houses of all the children, much like Sinterklaas and Santa Claus with his reindeer elsewhere, they visit everyone in one night.
In some areas, children prepare a drink for each of the Magi. It is also traditional to prepare food and drink for the camels, because this is the only night of the year when they eat. In Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Paraguay and Uruguay, there is a long tradition for having the children receive presents by the three " Reyes Magos " on the night of January 5 Epiphany Eve or morning of January 6.
Almost every Spanish city or town organises cabalgatas in the evening, in which the kings and their servants parade and throw sweets to the children and parents in attendance. The cavalcade of the three kings in Alcoy claims to be the oldest in the world, having started in The tradition of the Three Kings' cabalgada is today done only in some areas, such as the old city of Intramuros in Manila , and the island of Marinduque.
Another dying custom is children leaving shoes out on Epiphany Eve, so that they may receive sweets and money from the Three Kings. With the arrival of American culture in the early 20th century, the Three Kings as gift-givers have been largely replaced in urban areas by Santa Claus , and they only survive in the greeting "Happy Three Kings! In Paraguay, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, children cut grass or greenery on January 5 and put it in a box under their bed for the Kings' camels.
Christmas starts in December and ends in January after Epiphany, although in Puerto Rico there are eight more days of celebration las octavitas. In a campaign started in Spain over the fact that Balthazar is commonly played by a white person in blackface. Also in Catholic parts of the German-speaking world, these markings are made by the Sternsinger literally, " star singers " — a group of children dressed up as the magi.
An adult chaperones the group but stays in the background of the performance. After singing, the children write the three kings' initials on the door frame in exchange for charitable donations. Each year, German and Austrian dioceses pick one charity towards which all Sternsinger donations nationwide will be contributed. In the day of Epiphany, January 6, was made a holiday in Poland and thus a pre-war tradition was revived.
In Spain and Portugal, a ring-shaped cake in Portuguese: bolo-rei  contains both a small figurine of one of the Magi or another surprise depending on the region and a dry broad bean. The one who gets the figurine is "crowned" with a crown made of cardboard or paper , but whoever gets the bean has to pay the value of the cake to the person who originally bought it. Whoever gets a figurine is supposed to organize and be the host of the family celebration for the Candelaria feast on February 2.
In France and Belgium, a cake containing a small figure of the baby Jesus, known as the "broad bean", is shared within the family. Whoever gets the bean is crowned king for the remainder of the holiday and wears a cardboard crown purchased with the cake.
A similar practice is common in many areas of Switzerland, but the figurine is a miniature king. The practice is known as tirer les Rois Drawing the Kings. A queen is sometimes also chosen. In New Orleans , Louisiana , parts of southern Texas , and surrounding regions, a similar ring-shaped cake known as a " King Cake " traditionally becomes available in bakeries from Epiphany to Mardi Gras.
The baby Jesus figurine is inserted into the cake from underneath, and the person who gets the slice with the figurine is expected to buy or bake the next King Cake. There is wide variation among the types of pastry that may be called a King Cake, but most are a baked cinnamon-flavoured twisted dough with thin frosting and additional sugar on top in the traditional Mardi Gras colours of gold, green and purple.
To prevent accidental injury or choking, the baby Jesus figurine is frequently not inserted into the cake at the bakery, but included in the packaging for optional use by the buyer to insert it themselves. Mardi Gras-style beads and doubloons may be included as well. The Magi most frequently appear in European art in the Adoration of the Magi ; less often in the Journey of the Magi has been a popular subject in art, and topos , and other scenes such as the Magi before Herod and the Dream of the Magi also appear in the Middle Ages.
In Byzantine art they are depicted as Persians, wearing trousers and phrygian caps. Crowns appear from the 10th century. Despite being saints, they are very often shown without halos , perhaps to avoid distracting attention from either their crowns or the halos of the Holy Family.
Sometimes only the lead king, kneeling to Christ, has a halo the two others lack, probably indicating that the two behind had not yet performed the act of worship that would ensure their status as saints.
Medieval artists also allegorised the theme to represent the three ages of man. Beginning in the 12th century, and very often by the 15th, the Kings also represent the three parts of the known pre-Columbian world in Western art, especially in Northern Europe. Balthasar is thus represented as a young African or Moor , and Caspar may be depicted with distinctly Oriental features.
An early Anglo-Saxon depiction survives on the Franks Casket early 7th century, whalebone carving , the only Christian scene, which is combined with pagan and classical imagery. In its composition it follows the oriental style, which renders a courtly scene, with the Virgin and Christ facing the spectator, while the Magi devoutly approach from the left side. Even amongst non-Christians who had heard of the Christian story of the Magi, the motif was quite popular, since the Magi had endured a long journey and were generous.
Bethlehem 3. Christmas Time Is Here 4. Glorify the King 6. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 7. Merry Christmas Baby 8. The Christmas Song 9. We Three Kings Cheeeek that out dude. Lead RIFFs:. Bad selection. Save Cancel. Really delete this comment? Many years ago, before the first stocking was hung or was even a thought, an angel appeared to a young woman named Mary.
This angel told the young woman that she was going to have a baby. That surprised her because Mary was a virgin. Furthermore, this baby was going to be the Son of God and it was He who would save His people from their sins.
He was the long awaited Messiah. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. The angel told Mary this baby was born to be the Savior, the One who would save His people from their sins.
That is really good news. But it has some bad news tucked in—The fact is the reason Jesus came is that the Bible says we are all sinners.
We all have chosen to do our own thing and the Bible calls that sin. The even worse news is that what we earn because of our sin is death, or spiritual separation from God. He provided the payment for our sin in the form of a tiny baby who would grow up to be a man, live a sinless life, then die on a cross as a payment for our sins. He took the penalty for us.
After three days, He rose from the dead and is waiting for us today at the right hand of the Father. He wants us to know Him. The very best news of all is that if we place our trust in Him as our Savior, He removes the consequences of our sins. He gives us eternal life with Him.
Jesus wants us to celebrate that. Be content with a few things and rejoice that you have less to put away after the holidays. I want to challenge you to add one more thing to your to do list.
I want you to add thinking about how you can focus on the simple blessings of Christmas, how you can treasure Jesus in your heart. Your table hostesses have a list of ideas that you could try and even add some of your own. I want to leave you with a few practical ways to add meaning to your Christmas celebrations.
They have been helpful to my family and me. There are twelve Bible passages listed there. Am I looking at Jesus with tired, adult eyes? How can I change how I respond to Him? I would encourage you to put a few of these on your calendar and focus on the simple blessings of Christmas. Focus on a celebration with meaning. Celebrate because you have entered into a perfect love relationship with the Creator of the universe. When Mary was confronted with the reality of who Jesus was and what that would mean for the world, the Bible says Mary did just what God wanted her to do: She treasured these things in her heart.
The simple blessing of Christmas is treasuring Jesus in your heart. Pondering the good news that you are so deeply loved by the Creator of the Universe that He sacrificed His only Son for you.
He gave His Son so that you could have an abundant life with Him forever. Treasure Jesus in your heart.Church PowerPoint Template: We Three Kings with Lyrics. A colorful set of backgrounds for your worship service including the editable lyrics of the popular Christmas hymn,Missing: Ron Husmann.