Now, Now The Mirth Comes – Christmas Poetry by Robert Herrick
But for Robert Herrick, many of the Christmas customs celebrated in the 1600s might not be known today. But in "Hesperides and His Noble Numbers," this 17th century poet and priest gave... More > insights into many of the practices and superstitions of those days. The 23 poems in this collection range from Christmas Eve – and the practice of bringing in the Yule Log – through Candlemas, the end of the Christmastide, when we are admonished: “Down with the rosemary and bays.” This collection is one of a several Christmas poetry collections from this editor. Please visit my web site for details about these collections, as well as many more poems, prose, hymns, and carols of Christmas. Website: The Hymns and Carols of Christmas, www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com. Format: Paperback, 8 1/2" x 11". Glossy Hardback format also available; http://www.lulu.com/content/997910.< Less
Devotions for the Advent - 2009
The world celebrates Christmas the "holiday," with parties and shopping and such. Christians, however, celebrate Christmas the "holy day" (and the holiday, too, although combining... More > the two can be a challenge).
However, many are concerned that the Advent has lost its meaning in contemporary society. But in truth, the world doesn't celebrate the holy day. It's up to individuals, families and Christian communities to retain the celebrations of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.
It is hoped that you can use this little book to retain the "holy day" during the holiday season. Enjoy!< Less
Especially at a time when literacy rates were low, the Passional was a popular form of instruction and devotion. It was Luther’s belief that children and the uneducated were “more apt to... More > retain the divine stories when taught by picture and parable than merely by words or instruction.” In his 1522 Personal Prayer Book, reformer Dr. Martin Luther included 50 pages of woodcuts, together with the brief scriptural passage describing the scene.
In the 1522 edition, the woodcuts were commissioned from printer Hans Lufft. They were replaced in the 1529 edition with woodcuts from Albrecht Dürer. Unable to locate either of those sets of woodcuts, this re-creation used the woodcuts of Gustave Doré, the 18th century French artist.< Less
In your life as a Christian, there are numerous ministries that you can embrace. The prayer ministry is one of many. But at a minimum, our spiritual leaders recommend at least some time in prayer, as... More > a family, every day.
However,many people have difficulty with prayer. This has been true throughout Christian history. On one occasion, his disciples asked Jesus: “Teach us to pray.” As much as we feel that we are in the dark about prayer, at least we know we're in good company.
The purpose of Daily Prayer is to provide a few starting points for people who want to pray, but aren't sure how to start.< Less