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THIS DAY IN HISTORY
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God bless you during this Advent Season
(The Advent wreath, four candles on a wreath of evergreen, is shaped in a perfect circle to symbolize the eternity of God. In some churches, four purple candles, one for each week in Advent, are used with one larger white candle in the middle as the Christ candle. Other churches prefer three purple or blue candles with one candle being rose or pink, to represent joy.
The lighting of the first candle symbolizes expectation, the second symbolizes hope, the third joy and the fourth purity. The Christ candle is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day reminding Christians that Jesus is the light of the world.)
The Christmas Posada expresses perfectly the suspense and surprises of the season. It is a prayer, a play, a party and a gathering for families, parishes and whole communities. It is a celebration that children and adults can enjoy together, as well as those from all different cultural backgrounds.
The word posada means “inn” or “shelter” in Spanish. The inn, of course, is the shelter that Mary and Joseph seek as the Virgin prepares to give birth. In the Posada tradition, children dress in period clothes and act out the journey through Bethlehem, going from door to door, seeking a safe place for the Christ child to be born.
Even if you are not familiar with the Christmas Posada, the Knights of Columbus invites you to join this ancientobservance that will open for you the deeper meaning of a joyful season. The spirit of Christmas can be lost in the bustle and commercialism of the season. But the Posada is designed to bring you into the heart of the Christmas mystery, which is the Christ child, the eternal Son of God born of the Virgin Mary.
The tradition was brought to the New World by 16th century missionaries – those who were willing to give their lives to spread the Gospel of Christ. They designed the simple ceremonies so that the natives would come to know and love Jesus and his Blessed Mother. These are the deep roots the Posada hold in our hemisphere.
It is in keeping with the other traditions of the Advent season – the four weeks the Church gives us to prepare forChristmas – such as decorating a tree or blessing an Advent wreath. The Posada also leads the faithful to an interior preparation through prayer, penance and works of charity.
This season, celebrate the Posada. Pray the Advent and Christmas mysteries. Accompany Mary and Joseph as they search for room at the inn. Sing the Posada songs. Make and break a piñata, with treats for children. Gather for a meal and share time with others. These are Christmas joys that bring people together and unite our hearts in love. In Christ,we are all one.
Welcome to our Military Council,
Saint Michael Catholic Community,
Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas
Who We Are
The Knights of Columbus Military Council 14584 is a fraternal benefit society with a membership of active duty and retired soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. We conduct voluntary service projects in support of the Saint Michael Catholic community, Catholic vocations, soldiers and their families at Fort Bliss, as well as selected not-for-profit organizations in the El Paso area.
Chartered on the 29th of September, 2008, Council 14584 is the second oldest military council in Texas. The council has approval from the Director, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation to operate as a private organization on Fort Bliss.
Meetings: We meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month, at 1900, in the Annex of Center Chapel 2. at the corner of Haan and Sheridan Road.
Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to any practical Catholic man in union with the Holy See who is not less than 18 years of age on his last birthday. A practical Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the Precepts of the Church.
Guiding Principles: As Knights we are committed to the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.
Service Programs: Our charity and volunteer Service Programs focus on six core areas: Church, Family, Community, Youth, Pro-Life and Council.
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