About Philip E Jenks

Philip, a synodical deacon in the ELCA Metropolitan New York synod, is a retired communicator for American Baptist Churches USA, the U.S. Conference for the World Council of Churches, the U.S. National Council of Churches, and two Philadelphia area daily newspapers. He and his spouse, the Rev. Dr. Martha M. Cruz, are the parents of six adults and are members of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rye Brook, N.Y. They live in Port Chester, N.Y.
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1 Response to #Annunciation

  1. anfearfaire says:

    The Annunciation was arbitrarily set in the Third Century A.D. to coincide exactly with nine months before December 25. There is no evidence that Jesus was born on December 25. As we learned in our Latin classes regarding Roman mythology, pagan Rome celebrated Sol Invictus on this date. December 25th was also preceded by the Feast of Saturnalia which was celebrated with feasting and gift giving.
    When Rome became Christianized, the Church then assigned its religious holidays to replace the pagan festivities.
    The Christian Church in its attempt to erase the God given Feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Shavuot, Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and Sukkoth replaced these with its own Holidays originating in Paganism.
    Likewise, the Roman Church replaced the many pagan gods and goddesses with the numerous Catholic saints.

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