Canonization of Father Theodore Foley, C.P.
Let us start with the Christmas Tree (Middle Ages). This is not the Tanenbaum (fir tree of pagan Germans. This is the Tree of Good and Evil in the Miracle Play held on Dec. 24th (Adam and Eve story) A tree with apples would be set up in the city square as a prop. When the Stories were moved into the Cathedrals, artificial apples were made. Notice that most ornaments are red.
Kissing under the Mistletoe: is (Scandinavian). Mistletoe (A Medical Plant – Used in healings) was used before “Flag of Truce” was developed. It was hung on a rope over a clearing in woods. Two warring kings stood under it and kissed to seal a treaty.
Santa Claus: was the 4th Cent. Bishop of Myra (Asia Minor). A Roman Catholic saint, St. Nicholas was a very generous person and Patron of Children. He was banished by Protestant Reformers in American Colonies. However , he was also the Patron of Sailors, brought by sea-faring Dutch to their Colony (New Amsterdam or New York. The Dutch name for St. Nicholas is “Sinter Claus.”
Christmas Stockings: Comes from a legend of St. Nicholas). Three poor sisters, in his Diocese had no money for dowry. In those days they would wash their one pair of stockings to dry over the embers of the fire place. St. Nicholas heard about them. He got in his sleigh, pulled by reindeer and went to their house. St. Nick went on roof, and dropped gold coins down the chimney. They fell into the stockings and the sisters got married.
Candy Cane: (Renaissance) The “J” for Jesus is incorrectly depicted upside down. The white for the Nativity, while the red for the Passion, giving us our Christmas Colors.
The day of joy returns, Father in Heaven, and crowns another year with peace and good will.
Help us rightly to remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men.
Close the doors of hate and open the doors of love all over the world? Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.
Deliver us from evil, by the blessing that Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clean hearts.
May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children,
And the Christmas evening bring us to our bed with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus? sake. AMEN.
The Origins of our Christmas Traditions
PRAYER TO FATHER THEODORE FOLEY, C.P.
Lord Jesus Christ, you called Father Theodore Foley to follow you as a Passionist Priest even to Calvary's heights. Through your Immaculate and Sorrowful Mother, you taught him obedience to our Father's will and the fulfillment of your Commandment of loving God and neighbor. Let the loving inspiration of your Servant move us to live a more profound life of virtue. We humbly ask that you glorify your servant Father Theodore Foley according to the designs of your holy will. Through his intercession, we ask you to grant the request I now present (here mention your request).
This I ask through Christ Our Lord. AMEN
The Passionist Province of St. Paul of the Cross (Eastern United States) is in the process of Canonization for one of our former Superior Generals who is from this Province.
The first stage of the process is over and Father Theodore has been declared, by the Vatican, as a "Servant of God." The next stage is that God must confirm Theodore's presence in heaven with a miracle. If you have a serious illness please pray for Father Theodore Foley to intercede for you at the throne of God so that your request can be granted. Should you receive a miracle, due to the intercession of Father Foley, please contact us so that we can further our brother's journey to sainthood.
A Christmas Prayer