Browsing: Religion

A Brief History On December 24, 1818, the day Christians celebrate as “Christmas Eve,” the first ever performance of the carol, “Silent Night,” was presented in Oberndorf, Austria at the church of St. Nikolaus.  Our nominee for the “Greatest Christmas Carol” would be “O Holy Night,” and you are welcome to tell us which carol you believe is the “greatest.” Digging Deeper We list a few of our other favorites below: “Angels We Have Heard on High” “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen” “Good King Wenceslas” “Go Tell It on the Mountain” “Masters in this Hall” Question for students (and subscribers):…

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A Brief History On November 25, 1851, the first YMCA located in North America was organized in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The organization, originally titled Young Men’s Christian Association, though better known by its initials, was founded in London, England, back in 1844. Digging Deeper The Montreal chapter was soon followed by the first American chapter, located in Boston, Massachusetts on December 29, 1851.  The organization made famous by the disco era song with the eponymous name, “Y.M.C.A.,” brought a lot of attention to the organization, but with about 10,000 US branches of various types, we believe “The Y” has plenty…

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A Brief History On November 6, 963, Holy Roman Emperor Otto I called a council in Rome to depose the current Pope, John XII, on charges of leading an armed rebellion against Otto, as well as conducting his secular affairs in a corrupt and immoral manner. Digging Deeper Pope John XII was born in Rome to a rich and powerful family, and in what would seem strange today, became Pope when he was either in his late teens or early twenties!  In a time when the Pope was expected to rule as a secular leader as well as providing spiritual…

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A Brief History On September 26, 46 BC, Roman Dictator Julius Caesar dedicated a temple to Venus Genetrix, a temple he promised the goddess while fighting the Battle of Pharsalus.  Today, we ask you, “Who would you dedicate a temple to?”  We graciously supply a few suggestions, although you may freely pick your own! Digging Deeper Colonel Harland Sanders, the Godfather of Fried Chicken Eminem, The Rap God Michael Phelps, the modern Olympian “water god” Philo Farnsworth, inventor of of the first fully functional and complete all-electronic television system Teressa Bellissimo, creator of Buffalo Wings The Sun, because George Carlin…

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A Brief History On September 19, 2022, the United Kingdom and all of the Commonwealth will pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II by conducting her Royal funeral.  Having reigning for a record 70 years, 214 days, she made her mark on British history, but was she the greatest queen in British history? Digging Deeper We ask you for your opinion, and we list a few other possible choices to pick from: Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni tribe of Celtic Britons from an unknown date until 61, fought against Roman occupiers and inspires British people, especially women, to this day. Eleanor…

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