MeetChristians.com Tour

Private
Mailbox

Quick
Search

Detailed
Search

Member
Forums

Live
Chat

Polls
space

User
Tools

Help
space

Log Off
space
MeetChristians.com / Forums / Biblical & Theological Issues

No. 0     Original Topic: The meaning of Christmas   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Dec 25, 2017 at 10:19 AM   Viewed 370 times     
The wise men were wise because they knew and sought Him. May everyday be blessed as the wise men who sought Him and knew:

Stopping in Theo to wish all a Merry Christ's mass

Christ·mas
ˈkrisməs/
noun
noun: Christmas; plural noun: Christmases

Origin
Old English Crīstes mæsse (see Christ, Mass).




The word Christmas comes from Middle English Cristemasse, which in turn comes from Old English Cristes-messe, literally meaning Christ’s Mass.

Of course, we are not talking about the physical mass of Christ’s body. The origin of mass, in the Christian sense of the word, is not entirely clear. We know it comes from Latin missa, but there are several competing theories as to what missa is supposed to mean. Some scholars say it is a form of the Latin verb mittere, in which case it would mean “something that has been sent” (but it cannot refer to Christ himself because “missa” is grammatically feminine).

Others say that it is a late form of Latin missio, meaning “dismissal”. This is supported by the fact that Catholic masses are traditionally concluded with the words:
Ite, missa est.

which would mean, “Go, the dismissal is made”, provided this interpretation is correct.

Yet another explanation is that it is, in fact, the Hebrew word missah, “unleavened bread”, which God commanded to be offered with the Passover sacrifice in the Exodus.
The name “Christ”

The origin of the designation Christ is also not without interest. It comes from Greek Χριστός (Christós), meaning “anointed”, which is a translation of Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ māšîaḥ (“anointed”) that has been incorporated into the English language as “messiah”. Hence, “Christ” and “Messiah” mean essentially the same, the former originating in Ancient Greek and the latter in Classical Hebrew.
Xmas

Finally, we get to the word Xmas (usually pronounced the same as Christmas, but some pronounce it, rather incorrectly, as /ˈɛksməs/). Many people believe that writing “Xmas” instead of Christmas is an attempt to remove Christ from Christmas and may even consider it blasphemous.

However, “X” in “Xmas” is, in fact, not the English letter “ex”. It is an abbreviation of the Greek name of “Christ”, Χριστός (Christos), which starts with the Greek letter Chi. Abbreviating “Christ” as “X” can be traced many centuries back, with some written documents dated as early as 1100 AD.


https://jakubmarian.com/etymology-of-the-words-christmas-and-xmas/


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YijgnaGk2Us


No. 1     Reply: Re: The meaning of Christmas   
By:  Devaprakash   Gender: M   Age: 73   on  Dec 25, 2017 at 6:47 PM     
Sans glittering trees and potbellied Santa Claus and red colored socks!
No. 2     Reply: Re: The meaning of Christmas   
By:  RadioPreacherMan   Gender: M   Age: 59   on  Dec 26, 2017 at 6:17 AM     
:goodpost: Thanks Casandie :goodpost:

No. 3     Reply: Re: The meaning of Christmas   
By:  Judy757   Gender: F   Age: 63   on  Dec 26, 2017 at 8:17 PM     
Good posting, CAsandie. It's so sad that Christmas has been reduced to commercialism every year. Clearly not what God intended for the birth of His Son. I got told one day by a "friend" of mine that she can't understand why my husband and I celebrate Christmas. She said that Christmas is just for kids (because of the concept of Santa Claus) and if you don't have kids, it should be just another day. I thought Jesus was born for all of us, not just for kids.:pray:
No. 4     Reply: Re: Re: The meaning of Christmas   
By:  Devaprakash   Gender: M   Age: 73   on  Dec 27, 2017 at 8:04 AM     
Judy757 wrote:

Good posting, CAsandie. It's so sad that Christmas has been reduced to commercialism every year. Clearly not what God intended for the birth of His Son. I got told one day by a "friend" of mine that she can't understand why my husband and I celebrate Christmas. She said that Christmas is just for kids (because of the concept of Santa Claus) and if you don't have kids, it should be just another day. I thought Jesus was born for all of us, not just for kids.:pray:


Sadly Christianity reduces to amusement religion on this day!

The spirit of giving and sacrificing are not be found mostly!
No. 5     Reply: Re: Re: Re: The meaning of Christmas   
By:  Judy757   Gender: F   Age: 63   on  Dec 28, 2017 at 11:09 AM     
Devaprakash wrote:

Judy757 wrote:

Good posting, CAsandie. It's so sad that Christmas has been reduced to commercialism every year. Clearly not what God intended for the birth of His Son. I got told one day by a "friend" of mine that she can't understand why my husband and I celebrate Christmas. She said that Christmas is just for kids (because of the concept of Santa Claus) and if you don't have kids, it should be just another day. I thought Jesus was born for all of us, not just for kids.:pray:


Sadly Christianity reduces to amusement religion on this day!

The spirit of giving and sacrificing are not be found mostly!
:goodpost:, Dev. Thanks for the input.