|Kwanzaa which is not a religious celebration but rather a cultural celebration seems to have borrowed from the Chanukah religious celebration the Hanukkah menorah.|
|Why in the name of God and all that is holy, should not the Catholic Church borrow the Hanukkiah/Kwanzaa menorah for the Octave of Christmas?|
|As you may or may not know, depending on what type of coloring book Catholicism you have had, the Octave of Christmas or Easter or Pentecost takes one day's solemnity and stretches it out for eight days. In effect the eight days are one single day of celebration.|
|I know that as I child I would love to have extended the hours of Christmas day to eight days which is what the Church does.|
|But we have no way of symbolizing these eight days, this octave except by going to Mass or praying the Liturgy of the Hours.|
|Why not have a home devotion,similar to the Chanukah menorah or the Kwanzaa or better yet, the Advent Wreathe and light a candle for each of the 8 days of the Octave of Christmas.|
|Am I the only one who has come up with this?|
|Here is one possibility for the Octave of Christmas Menorah:|
Christ the New Adam
The First Adam was formed from the pristine soil of the Garden of Eden, the New Adam was formed in the pristine garden of the Immaculate Virgin's humanity.
The first Adam was driven out of the Earthly Paradise into a world of sin, death and darkness.
The New Adam willing descended from the Heavenly Paradise into a world of sin and darkness.
The First Adam was brought into earthly existence in the wonderfulness of an Earthly Paradise. The New Adam came into our existence in the meagerness and privation of an animal shelter.
The death of the First Adam was brought about by a fallen angel;the birth of the new Adam was proclaimed by a Glorious Angel.
With the First Adam began the first covenant between God and man; with the New Adam came the final covenant between God and man.
With the First Adam came sin and death, with the New Adam came light and salvation.
Oh so long ago, the All-Powerful God, from Whom all that exists was created, and from Whom all things were brought into existence, entered into our world as a helpless infant. The Supernal Light was revealed in the darkness of a cave. The Son of God, the Second Person of the Triune Divinity, to Whom we creatures owe our existence and dependence, descended from Heaven to become dependent upon a creature He sustains. He who is Omnipotent, came into the world as a powerless infant. He, who possesses far greater than any earthly wealth, entered our world into the most meager of surroundings. He,who is the Divine King and far above the greatest of earthly rulers, was born in an animal shelter, laid in a manger, and given homage by lowly shepherds. He did this for our benefit, to redeem us, so that just as He was born to us and entered into our existence, we could also be spirtually born to Him.
Kwaanza is a fake holiday made up by a left-wing professor at Berkeley. It is a complete joke and I have many African-American friends who mock it. It is probably the only holiday the DNC LOVES!
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