Francine In Retirement
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THREE WISE MEN – PART TWO

The Magi  also referred to as the (ThreeWise Men, (ThreeKings, or Kings from the East, were, according to Christianity, a group of distinguished foreigners who visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of goldfrankincense and myrrh. They are regular figures in traditional accounts of the nativity celebrations of Christmas and are an important part of the Christian tradition.

The Gospel of Matthew, the only one of the four Canonical gospels to mention the Magi, states that they came “from the east” to worship the Christ, “born King of the Jews.” Although the account does not tell how many they were, the three gifts led to a widespread assumption that they were three as well.  In the East, the magi traditionally number twelve. Their identification as kings in later Christian writings is probably linked to Psalms 72:11, “May all kings fall down before him”.

THREE WISE MEN

THREE WISE MEN

THREE WISE MEN

THREE WISE MEN

Traditions identify a variety of different names for the Magi. In the Western Christian church they have been commonly known as:

THREE WISE MEN - NIGHT

THREE WISE MEN - NIGHT

GIFTS AND MEANINGS

1. All three gifts are ordinary offerings and gifts given to a king. Myrrh being commonly used as an anointing oil, frankincense as a perfume, and gold as a valuable.

2. The three gifts had a spiritual meaning : gold as a symbol of kingship on earth, frankincense (an incense) as a symbol of deity, and myrrh (an embalming oil) as a symbol of death.

(Information gathered from Wikipedia)

These are some of the photos I took of the life-size display of the Pittsburgh Creche.  Look for more photos in Part Three (Monday, Dec. 24), “THE MANGER.”

BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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6 Responses to “THREE WISE MEN – PART TWO”

  1. Here I go, Francine, singing “We three kings of orient are, one in a taxi, one in a car…” Naughty me! Festive joy to you, hon.

  2. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

    I have an award and a STAR for you over on mine
    Enjoy
    Eunice
    http://nutsfortreasure.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/merry-christmas-its-award-time-lol-too-grab-your-star/

  3. While reading yesterday’s post, I wondered of its size. Being life-sized, it must be something to see. Thanks for sharing, Francine.

  4. The three wise men reminds us that no matter what stature we have in life, we should always pay homage and respect to the son of God. People forget what Christmas means with all material glitters around us. Today you reminded us something pure and beautiful.

  5. That seems like one amazing creche! Looking forward to part three.

  6. Proud of Pittsburgh and all the wonderful things in our city. You do a wonderful job highlighting all that is positive and good.


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