Illustration of Mirela Pete Rusu
When she was 3 years old, the one who was to become the Mother of God was taken by her parents to church, as they had promised God before her birth.
The Virgin Mary spent 12 years there, a period dedicated to prayers, to studying the scriptures, to learn the art of spinning and sewing, and how to live in cleanliness of the soul alongside the other virgins. The generosity of her heart had no limits, because she gave the food she received to the poor, to their contentment and joy. In the wake of her fasting and the daily prayers, she felt no more need of normal,earthly food. Mary´s great holiness made angels offer her heavenly nourishment.
By the end of the 12 years of apprenticeship, she spent most of the time in the Holy of Holiness ( a sacred room), where only Herself and the Bishop were allowed to stay, watching Archangel Gabriel descending from heaven to bring her food and talk together. Apart from the Lord and Archangel Gabriel, nobody knew the mission of the Virgin.
When she turned 14, the priests wi the Bishop in the lead commanded Mary to go out into the world and get married.
Hearing that, she was very sad. And although she was an orphan, without having anyone to help her, Mary faced them all. She reminded them that her parents, Saint Joachim and Ana, had taught her to serve God, and upon entering church when she was just 3 years old, she had made a commitment to live in the purest and most holy of chastity.
Seeing her sadness both in her eyes and her soul , Archangel Gabriel gave her secretly the Annunciation ( March 25-th) that she would give birth to the son of God. The Lord conveyed His will to the Holy Trinity, but as we know, God does not impose His will, He asks for your consent, through the Law of the Free Will. This means that the Virgin´s consent was needed. Although she wondered in surprise, she accepted the angel´s demand, by getting pregnant without having contact with any man.
At that time, marriage used to be more honorable than chastity, and the law had to be respected, so the priests had a great problem because of Mary´s reluctance. The priests prayed to God to guide them, in order to take the right decision. The Bishop prayed to the Ark of the Covenant ( also called the Ark of Law, being the cornerstone of the Christian religion, which offers us the proof of
God´s existance.) to find out God´s Will.
Ultimately, they chose 12 unmarried or widowed men, who put their wands in the Holy Altar, and the one whose wand would turn green, had to be the fiance of the Virgin. The next day, when they came to see the signs, they found out that the wand of Joseph of Nazareth had leaved out, with a white dove making a halt on it. Being 84 years of age, Joseph was a hardworking, pious and Godfearing man.
In order to keep her honour untouched in front of the world and knowing God´s plan about Her mission, Mary left the temple and got engaged to Joseph, who would become the witness of her chastity and the one who saw the divine miracle, the birth of infant Jesus. She moved in with him and the children of his first marriage
Saint Joseph was Her husband only to the people. And this because the child born without a father, would have been despised and would not have had the same rights in society, as children who had a father. God had chosen Joseph, a modest, dignified and pure man, to be the father of Jesus in front of the people on Earth. When the moment of the infant’s birth was approaching, Caesar Augustus, the Emperor of Rome, gave the order for all inhabitans of Israel to report to Bethlehem for a census. As no one could evade orders, Mary and Joseph also went there. Mary found the journey very tiresome, but eventually, they arrived. It was already evening.Tired, thirsty and hungry, Mary sat down on a stone to rest. Joseph offered her some figs that she ate with great appetite, feeling a little better, but then she suddenly felt the labor pains.
The legend says that Virgin Mary asked Christmas´ Eve,for shelter but he, on account of being too poor, sent her to his younger brother, named Santa Claus, who was very rich. When she knocked at the door, Craciuneasa, Santa´s wife, welcomed them. Finding out Mary´s secret, she invited them to the cattle barn.She did not let them in the house, because of her faithless and stingy husband.
Happy to have a shelter, Joseph cleaned the crib and made a bed out of fresh hay. Soon, the Virgin Mary gave birth to the blessed baby Jesus, who was to become the Light of the World
(* The Ark of Law is a beautiful box, having a lid embellished with two golden cherubs, where the Tables of Stone (that is the Decalogue) were preserved. Source: Encyclopedic Dictionary).
The night Her son was born, an unusual bright star appeared over Bethlehem. By noticing the sign on the sky, the kings, Balthazar, Caspar and Melchior, who knew the prophecy according to which the Messiah was to be born, started their journey. Guided by the heavenly orb, they reached the newborn baby, offering Him incense, holy oil and gold.
Meanwhile, Santa Claus realized that his wife was hiding something from him. Furious with rage, he went to the cattle barn. Finding out that in his stable, Jesus was born, he made repentance, asking God for forgiveness. The next day, he gave all his wealth to the poor people, especially to children. Thus, through repentance and by showing generosity, Santa became the ¨first Christian¨.
Since then, every year, on Christmas Eve , Santa comes to our homes, without beeing seen, to put presents under the fir tree. Nowadays, it is said that he comes on a sleigh pulled by reindeers.
Everywhere in the world, on the 25th of December, christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas Holidays. The spirit of Christmas means love, kindness and generosity. Craciun fericit! Merry Christmas!
How is it correct to say, Hristos or Christ? I found this explanation: ¨ Orthodox people use the first form,Hristos, while Catholics use the second one, Christ.¨
Author: Floarea Cărbune
Translated by Alexandra Flora Munteanu
Sursă poze: Google