Fædrenes tro, |
hvor I bo, |
er slægtens dyreste eje.
So you thought you would be reading about him a little closer to Christmas, didn’t you? But December 6th is St. Nicholas’ Day, and he was an interesting fellow!
The modern Santa has little to do with Saint Nicholas, bar the presents, who was a bishop in Smyrna in Asia Minor (modern-day southern Turkey). Poverty was great among Christians and one family had to decide to sell of their three daughters to prostitution, but the evening before the pimp was to pick them up Nicholas threw three satchels of money through the window of their home.
Traditionally the Feast of Saint Nicholas became a day to give children little presents, but in the western world it merged with Christmas as we think of it, whereas in Eastern Christianity (and in Spanish-speaking countries) the presents are to this day given on the Feast of the Magi (Three Kings) on January 6th.
So the true story of Saint Nick is a tale of liberation, one we want to remind each others of in these days of o so many presents.
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Hello—and welcome to the Danish Lutheran Church!
I’m the pastor of this congregation
and together with all the people who volunteer to keep this church going
I would like to invite you to get to know us.
We started out as an immigrant church almost 70 years ago,
and now we are a church with Scandinavian roots in a Canadian setting.
We still speak Danish at some of our services and functions,
but as many of our members don’t speak Danish,
most functions are in English.
You may wonder what’s so specific about the Danish heritage
in respect to being Christian.
Mostly, it is a matter of traditions and the way we do things
at the service and the social functions.
But also, the theology has a special angle,
mostly because of some particular church reformists and hymn writers
we have had during the Danish church history.
Newcomers to our church may find that our rituals and traditions
are close to the original reformatory roots,
but they also have a Viking ring to them!
We invite you to drop by our church and experience our beautiful church room
and take part in our worship and fellowship.
Check the calendar of services right here on our home page.