|Antique drawing, commons|
|Nativity scene, commons|
May we all have a wonderful day tomorrow with our loved ones celebrating the incarnation and birth of Christ Messiah. And the common greeting referring to this celebration is to wish the people we meet with, “Merry Christmas!” But do you know what the word Christmas actually means? I’m sure most of you can guess that the first part refers to Christ. And you are correct. But what about the second part. The “mas”. What exactly does that mean?
Well, “the word is a shortened form of ‘Christ's mass’, or ‘Cristes Maesse as it was first recorded in 1038. This was followed by the term Cristes-messe in 1131, according to The Catholic Encyclopedia. The term ‘Christ’ - or Crīst as it
originally read - comes from the Greek word Khrīstos, a translation of the Hebrew word Messiah, which means ‘anointed’. The second part of Christmas - maesse - is a version of the Latin word missa, the celebration of the Eucharist tradition of eating bread and drinking wine in memory of Jesus, also called Holy Communion and the Lord's Supper.”1
|Bethlehem scene, Pinterest|
So now that we know, we can greet one another with “Merry Christmas” every time we have Holy Communion! And in doing so, we can also meditate on the incredible Love and Power of the Father and of the Son and Holy Spirit for the incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection. All for us.
May you have a most joyous Christmas season filled with peace and love!
|The Lord’s Supper, commons|
|The Lord’s Supper, Pinterest|