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  • Three Kings festivities in full swing around [Puerto Rico]

    01/04/2010 6:46:04 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 6 replies · 487+ views
    Puerto Rico Daily Sun ^ | January 4, 2010 | The Daily Sun staff and Wire Services
    An unusual folk celebration of the Three Kings will be held in Caguas this evening, as musicians sing a third of the traditional rosary sung to the Magi. Elsewhere the typical celebration of the Epiphany got under way Sunday as the Magi and island mayors distributed toys and candy to children in their homes. A rosary to the Three Kings will be sung at 7 p.m. tonight on the steps of the Dulce Nombre De Jesús Cathedral in Plaza Santiago R. Palmer in Caguas. Folklore expert Norma Salazar of the city’s Cultural Development Department will direct the event, in which...
  • The Magi and the Star

    12/21/2009 3:31:25 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies · 915+ views
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 21, 2009 | Michael J. Miller
    AnalysisMany balk at this element of the Nativity story, but historical and astronomical evidence tends to corroborate it. By Michael J. MillerDuring a 2007 BBC radio interview, the archbishop of Canterbury deconstructed elements of the Nativity story. “Stars simply don’t behave like that,” Rowan Williams said. Asked about the existence of three wise men, he replied, “It works quite well as legend.”But years ago Father Walter Brandmüller, president of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, published an essay applying the historical-critical method to the question of the Nativity story. (The essay is reprinted without cumbersome footnotes in Light and Shadows: Church...
  • The Secret Life of the Magi Kings [Epiphany]

    01/06/2009 6:32:25 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 17 replies · 1,114+ views
    (English-language translation) The sight of three sumptuously-dressed potentates giving the first Christmas gifts has been portrayed in innumerable ways: in classical paintings, in greeting cards, and even in some billboard on a public square. We know their names: Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar. Standing on one side of the stable, in the company of animals, shepherds, and a few angels fluttering around the beams. They sing John Henry Hopkins' immortal Christmas carol "We Three Kings of Orient Are", and each one describes the meaning behind the gift he carries. There is only one problem. The Bible never mentions only three kings...
  • The Gift of (the Puerto Rican government to) the Magi

    12/30/2005 2:19:28 PM PST · by rrstar96 · 12 replies · 385+ views
    In its December 27, 2005 online edition, "El Vocero" newspaper from Puerto Rico reports that the governor of that U. S. Commonwealth has signed a bill assigning an annual $75,000 grant to help finance the Kings' Day (Epiphany) Festival which has been held every year since 1884 in the southern coastal town of Juana Díaz. The monies will be specifically allocated to the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture which, in turn, will provide them to a local private organization responsible for holding the Festival. To those fellow FReepers who are a little rusty on their Biblical history, the Epiphany is...