19. January 2013 08:17
First Communion Gift Ideas
Celebrating a child's First Holy Communion is a moment in personal history as well as a stepping up point in the child's religious growth in the Church. First Holy Communion gifts offer a unique way to celebrate the special event as well as create a memory the child can reflect on years after the fact. Granted, any family member can provide a greeting card with a basic monetary gift inside. But it isn't quite the same, and who remembers what they did with all those $5 and $10 gifts received as a kid? Instead, with a personalized gift, a child will always have something that is unique to him or her, reflecting on the special day.
The more traditional gifts often tend to be religion based and provide use as the child gets older. These usually include a personal Bible with the child's name imprinted on the cover, or a personalized rosary ($20 to $30). Additionally, various children's books that explain the Eucharist in a child's terms can be great gifts as well, explaining why the event is so important ($10 to $15). Finally, the first communion cross necklace is a standard many families choose to give to a child at first communion, providing a simply type of jewelry that can be worn for years afterwards ($20 to $150 depending on the metal involved).
A more personal approach can be an engraved photo frame, with an event photograph embedded in a frame with special wording about the event ($20 to $25). A number of frame choices are available from light wood to dark, with appropriate carved wording to match the desired importance of the day. For younger children toys with a religious theme also work well. Gifts that still translate to a young child's mind as a toy are often well accepted and kept for years until the child outgrows them.
By giving a personalized gift more than just a gift for a first holy communion, your present can help craft a special memory in the mind of a child that will likely last a lifetime.
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12. November 2012 08:46
Since time immemorial, human beings have held a fascination with angels. Although science cannot verify the existence of these celestial beings, countless people have shared tales of supernatural encounters with them throughout the ages. One of the most interesting aspects regarding angels is that they are featured across nearly all known religions, not just Christianity or Judaism.
The History of Angels
While none of us can truly be certain of how or why angels exist, the established belief is that angels were created by God as His divine attendants and to carry out His orders. They are also considered to be God's intermediaries between Heaven and Earth. It is said that angels possess incredible supernatural powers and flawless beauty. According to many sources, they are also able to manifest as, or even occupy, human beings.
There are many myths surrounding angels. While some of them are commonly known, others are more obscure or vary from one religion to the next.
- According to the Jewish faith, every child is born with 11,000 guardian angels.
- Although they're typically portrayed as exclusively benevolent, certain passages of the Christian bible indicate that some angels exist purely to carry out punitive duties. These angels are known as avenging angels.
- Universally, angels seem to fit the same description: ethereally beautiful, luminescent and wise. Often times, they are reported to possess a halo over their heads or an aura that radiates from their bodies.
- A commonly held belief is that angels are incapable of wrong, but some texts refute this. A good example is Lucifer, who was once one of God's highest-ranking angels. Lucifer rebelled against Him and was subsequently banished from Heaven.
- Angels seem to possess an ability to speak and understand all of the languages of man.
- In Hinduism, angels are female nymphs whose primary role is sensual. They are said to be incapable of pregnancy, childbirth or nursing, but are still capable of having children. They are believed to provide joy and sensual delight to the divine.
- The word 'angel' comes from the Greek word angelos, meaning 'messenger'. This fits with the notion that angels are the messengers of God.