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Festival Coursework Question 1 Christopher Ball Christian festivals recall the redemptive mysteries of Christ, in doing so the incarnation, death and resurrection of Jesus are brought to life for us today in recalling and making present today the incarnation of Christ at Christmas, the faithful look forward to the Parousia: In C.C.C 1163 "Recalling the mysteries of redemption, the church opens up to the faithful riches of her Lords powers and merits, so that these are in some way made present in every age the faithful lay hold of them and are filled with saving grace". Christians also praise the Lord to show that they are grateful for the sacrifice he made for all. Through celebrations Christians can lead a Christian life, which is to love and serve the Lord. ...read more.

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The beliefs that are shown through using the Advent candle and calendar is the preparation for Jesus is quoted in Lk1:3 "He will be called the Son of the Most High God", this teaches Jesus is sent from our God. The Roman Catholic Church encourages others to prepare for Christmas and Easter through Advent and Lent, as "Advent" means "coming". During Christmas, we practice many customs including carol singing. This is used because it is a form of prayer, through singing Carols we are praying to the Lord. Traditionally the money raised through carol singing is given to charity. This is significant because during the time of Christmas we are taught to share our joy and wealth to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. The C.C.C quotes "When the church celebrates the liturgy of advent each year, she makes present the ancient expectancy of the Messiah". ...read more.

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The celebration of the Epiphany is celebrated on January 6th in the Catholic Church; Christians celebrate this day by attending mass, for Anglicans the feast lasts until 2nd February. This could be the case because it took several days for Jesus to be shown in Mary's and Joseph's home town -Nazareth. The Orthodox Church exchanges gifts on this day instead of Christmas day. This occurs because until the Magi visited Jesus only Jews had seen him, people from other lands had to see him to declare him truly incarnated amongst people. In the orthodox churches of Central Europe, they chalk "CMB" on the frames of their doors along with a cross. This is done to signify the names of the three wise men-Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar; the letters could also be the first letters of the phrase "Christus Mansionem Benedicat". It is used to show that there are Christians living in the house. ...read more.

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