Saturday, December 8, 2012

Happy Hanukkah!

A Happy Hanukkah to all!

For those of you who are Jewish, here's a fun recipe I spotted today - easy to make vegan if you use vegan chocolate:

Apricot Filled Hanukkah Gelt

And, some music to play while you cook:
From the Maccabeats
From Matisyahu

And, a nice site I found of Vegan recipes for the Holiday:
Vegan Hanukkah menu

For us who are Christian, this is a good time to re--read about Jesus' observance of Hanukkah (which is also known as the "Feast of Dedication" in many translations. The passage starts on verse 22, about 1/2 way down the page.

Also, to read the Books of Maccabees in the Bible, or to do some online research about them (there are many nice online summaries of their content).

Here are some pictures I took a few years ago of a  Catacomb Church of St. Solomoni in Paphos, Cyprus.

Agia (Saint) Solomoni was a devout Jewish Mother before the time of Christ. She and her seven sons courageously gave their lives because they would not deny their belief in God. The books of Maccabbes in the Bible tell about her, and the Jewish Feast of Hannukah is a feast that celebrates the final victory of those who were faithful to God in those times. This is an Christian Church from the earliest days of Christianity that was built in a Catacomb and  that honored her and her love for God. As you can see from the modern touches, Christians are still praying there & remembering her! 

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