Sunday, December 21, 2008

Video of the Week/Orgin of the Christmas Tree

In today's bulletin - from the Shrine of Christ the King, the "Origin of the Christmas Tree" is posted. I found it intresting so here it is:

"Saint Boniface, an English missionary known as the '"Apostle of Germany"', in 722 came upon some men who were about to cut a huge oak tree as a stake (Oak of Thor) for a human sacrifice to their pagan god. With one mighty blow, Saint Boniface himself felled the massive oak and as the tree split, a beautiful young fir tree sprang from its center. Saint Boniface told the people that his lovely evergreen, with its branches pointing to heaven, was indeed a holy tree, the tree of the Christ Child, a symbol of His promise of eternal life. He instructed them henceforth to carry the evergreen from the wilderness into their homes and to surround it with gifts, symbols of love and kindness. "

St. Boniface was eventually murdered by the pagans after he chopped down their tree, but they did not abolish the Truth of Christ from Germany.

Today, pagans in our society hate the Christmas tree so much they call it the "Holiday Tree." (Target) They keep trying to do away with the Truth, Christ, but they can't. As St. Theresa Avila said, "Truth suffers but never dies."

St. Boniface, pray for us!

Video of the Week:

1 comment:

Leticia said...

Thanks for this informative post. I have always believed it was a holy custom, despite family members who told me it had pagan origins.
Love Charlie Brown Christmas. My kids told me our tree was a "Charlie Brown Tree" this year!