With the rise in watching television shows and horror movies using pagan influence for pop culture ratings, this iconic Wicca and Pagan deity is now part of someone's shrine alongside Ganesha, Buddha, and Krishna. You can also the same about the Egyptian Gods such as Anubis, Isis, and Osiris. But these former Gods of the past before Christianity and Islam became predominant cultures in regions with former pagan roots in agrarian societies (by agrarian, it is those who celebrate harvests and the seasons by appointing idols and deities for those changes in their environments).
There were Anglo-Saxon Bishops of Leicester from around 680. The records of Leicester Cathedral cite Bishop Cuthwine as the first Bishop of Leicester. While there is no further record of the life of Cuthwine, his reign as Bishop is believed to have begun circa 680, until his death, thought to be in 869.
The history of Christianity concerns the Christian religion, Christendom, and the Church with its various denominations, from the 1st century to the present.
Epona is the Greek Goddess of fertility and protector of horses, ponies, donkeys, and mules. Epona is also said to have been the one to lead the soul into the afterlife on her horses. She was the only Celtic God to be worshipped in Rome and was so widespread. She is from a religion known as Gallo-Roman which was a mix of a traditional religion practiced by the Gauls (Celtics) and the Roman Hellenic traditions.
This is the second in my Saints Day series. You can read about August Saints Days here.
Where the prophets of the Old Testament of the Holy Bible had many roles they played, and still play today, the focus of this paper will address only four of them. Being a mouthpiece for God and making His holiness known, showing unbreakable faith in Him, being faithful to him, and praying to and praising Him for His judgment and redemption of Israel are four major roles a prophet plays.
“Christmas a humbug uncle?” This is the question that was posed to Ebenezer Scrooge by his nephew. Truthfully the December 25th holiday has turned into just that. The original purpose of the holiday was to put focus on the birth of Christ and get people’s minds off the revelry that occupied the celebration of the winter solstice. This bright idea that was begun by Christians has turned the world upside down.
Prayer is described as communication to a supreme being or object of worship. Facebook, however is causing many to seek assistance from their social media friends, rather than going directly to the diety they want to intervene. There are many underlying reasons that people do this and one of them is loneliness. No one would ever admit this but when you see the same people posting day after day, patterns emerge from their writings. I am convinced that a lot of people seek Facebook to fill a void in their lives and they may not even realize it.
I’m a hot mess. Superficially, my life is pretty decent: I have a cute boyfriend, a good job in my field, and a savings account (yes, I just bragged about having a saving account and what?!) But spiritually—it’s like Judas took a dump on the floor of a gas station bathroom after wolfing down five burrito bowls from Chipotle. I’m not even exaggerating. I have this weird hole that I can’t fill. And I always thought that phrase was cliche but for me it’s not. It’s a hole that can’t be filled with recreational drugs, drinking, dick, or quality time with friends. Because on paper I have everything I need to feel... full. But I’m not.
Have you ever wondered where the names for our days came from? What meaning the creators of our calendars intended when they created the structure that governed their lives, and those of millions of other people on down the centuries? Maybe not... but if you suddenly find yourself overcome with curiosity, there answer is a fairly simple one.
The day had finally come: the apocalypse had finally beset Earth and my children were coming home, those that prayed and asked for forgiveness that is. I watched as the most beautiful of my children laid waste to the lands that had not a month ago bore fruit and sustenance to carry my children into their unknown future.