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    Northeastern Seminary Blog

    Dec 25, 2016 10:00:00 AM

    Symbols of the Season

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    Our prayer for you this Christmas Day.

    May the deep meaning
    symbolized in the green boughs of the season

    Cause us to celebrate the promise of new life—a sign of
    the hope that in Christ all live forever,

    Remind us of the power of Christ to heal the hurts of the
    body and soul,

    Invite us to magnify God’s lasting covenant—the gift of
    Jesus Christ our Messiah.

    And as we prepare for a new year
    may our daily activities reflect Christ’s incarnation.

    The tradition of the hanging of the greens dates back to the Middle Ages in which Christians decked their sanctuary with the boughs of evergreens. This act symbolized the promise of life renewed and everlasting.

    Balsam—eager anticipation
    Cedar—incorruptibility and healing
    Spruce—hope in adversity
    Pine—the meaning of eternal life
    Holly—to understand in such a way as to prophecy
    Juniper—protection
    Bay laurel—victory over death

      This blog has been established for the exchange of ideas. Posts do not necessarily reflect the philosophies of the Seminary.

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