A NEW/OLD PRAYER FOR FRANCE?

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FRENCH CATHOLICISM WORRIED INTO PRAYER

Somehow I suspect a connection and that something is wrong…. In France the Catholic Church is going to revive a reasonable enough tradition for Christians – specific, centuries old prayer(s) for France. France is a secular country that lacks Christianity and with it spirituality generally,. It’s an unhealthy situation one can often almost feel in the air for the dreariness, bitterness and morbid pessimism  around death that pervades the nation. (I speak as someone who once lived and worked there and any idea the place is “romantic” is simply one-sided). Prayer for France was a tradition begun in 1638 by Louis X111 but got dropped in modern times.  But what is the pretext for this call for revived prayer and what is the day for it?

Sure enough the trigger for new concern is recent secular legislation existing or proposed with gay marriage (which two…

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NEW PERSPECTIVES ON THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS

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 OF GENTILE RELEVANCE

September 16th this year is the beginning of Rosh Hashanah (Head of the Year), a moveable feast which  is also (and biblically) called Yom Teruah, the Feast or Day of Trumpets. I have been surprised by something to do with the symbolism of this period which those Jews, and even now some Christians who commemorate this feast, won’t know. That’s what this article touches on.  Indeed unexpectedly it offers further, if only secondary and minor proof, that as per my persistent claims  written up in Testament of the Magi, I do have the correct data for Christ’s birth.

On the (rabbinical/traditional) basis rather than any biblical one, the festival is more than just the onset of the Jewish New Year (Israel has more than one of these, the religious year starts in March). Trumpets is also regarded as the birth of the world and the…

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