I PAGE SIX HOPE STAft, HOPE, ARKANSAS Thursday, December 23, 1037 Will Remove Ru»»ian Scientists from lee MOSCOW.— C#> *-'SpvWt. authorities Wednesday anfl6Uhc«d plans to take four polar cafnp^rsi from a drifting lc* floe as son as 'they g«.t far enough south so they can be approached by ice breakers. ':.-'. The men, members of a Hussian scientific expedition, radioed tha t t their camp cah ho longer be called the northernmost habitation since it has drifted below the latitude 1 of ftudolf islarid. where a Soviet polar base is maintained. TheJ- have' been oh the floe seven months,''and have drifted from the north pofe southward about H«mp»tead Convict Is Given 30-Day Release Herbert Chealham of Hcmpstead county was one of 56 inmates freed from the state prison fnrm by Governor 6ailey for the Christmas holidays. Chentham, serving five years for second degree murder, was given a 30-day release. 560 miles. They advised Moscow they were able to see the coast of Greenland on clear days. * ... -^ • Wishing Special Happiness for You . . Because It's Christmas The J.C PENNEY CO. Hope, Arkansas Story of the Birth of Christ Is Told by Rev. Fred Harrison By REV. FRED R. HARRISON An angel's broadcast nearly two thousand ye;irs ago announced the world's n-.opt momentous and significant event since creation. The angel said, "Fear not: for, behold. I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all :>co|:lc. For unto you is born this d?y in the City of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." tins is found in Luke 2:10-11. About six months after the birth of®- Wishing Our Many Customers A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy Prosperous New Year. HOPE FURNITURE CO. R. V. Herndon T. S. Cornelius John the Baptist Jesus was born in the ittle town of Bethlehem of Judea. six miles south of Jerusalem. Thither Wary, the mother of Jesus, and Joseph, to whom she was espoused, had gone from their home in Nazareth to be enrolled in the census ordered in a special decree by Caesar Augustus. "In the political condition of the Roman Empire, °f which Judea former a part, a single whisper of the Emperor was sufficiently powerful to secure the execution of his mandates in the remotest corner of the civilized world," Thus this statement is explanation of the appearance of Joseph and Mary at the time and place appointed at such a critical period in Mary's life. The multitudes that came up for this enrollment from distant quarters because of ancestral connections with this historic village, soon crowded its little inns and public houses. In connection with sue hun inn, usually the central space of its square enclosure states that some fixed the date on May 20, and others adopted April 19 or 20. A passage in Hlppolytus of about the sflme period gives the date as December 25. As early as 385 A. D. the birthday of Jesus was celebrated in Bethlehem on January 6, which was accepted generally throughout the East. During the fourth and fifth centuries the church gradually adopted December 25 as the Nativity date, and this ultimately became univers-il except in Armenia. The adoption of this universal date liad the effect of attracting converts away from the old heathen feast days >vhich occurred about the same lime. For example 1 , Mithrotam celebrated on that dnt«.n festival to the sun. There was ' also the Roman' festival of Salufiialiti, characterized by merriment ftnd the exchange of gifts, whicfi was celebrated for seven days between December 17 and 24, The curly Teutonic tribes celebrated the return of the sun at the close of the year in their Yule festival; and their descendants, in the seventeenth century, RUVC to Christmas the fir tree. However the feast of the Nativity may have been influenced or enriched by other religious festivals, it is not these added observances which properly Interpret the meaning of Christmas. The Christmas occasion revolves about the fact that there was born into the world the Christ-child, whose unique personality and universal | message of fm'lh and love and redemption have been a blessing to humnnity for time and eternity. Our obligation is to keep Christmas distinctly Christian. Normal rainfall for the Texas panhandle in November is less than one inch. We Wish to All Checkered Cafe Mr. and Mrs. BILL RA'MSEY iiiimM!HMiHii "And we wish to thank out- customers for the splendid business given us this Holiday Season and wish for each one a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. KROGER STORES SWEATERS $1.00 to $6.95 Separate and Twin Sets The Gift Shop PHONE 252 HAPPY HOLIDAY/ Blue Ribbon ead CITY BAKERY but probably in this case a cave in the limestone rock, was a stable or a place for the camels and cattle of the guests. Joseph and Mary, along with many other belated travelers, took refuge from the night in just such a place. Here Jesus was born. Mary wrapped the baby in swaddling clothes, and bo- causc there was no other crndle to receive the precious bundle she laid the child in the trough from which the camels were fed. Luke's Story of Birth Luke most vividly tells the story of announcement of the birtli of Christ to the world. Shepherds were in the 'ield keeping watch over their flocks. Suddenly out of the quietness of the night the angel's voice began broadcasting the good news to the sleeping shepherds. They waked. A chorus of the angelic messengers joined the first, and they burst forth with the glad song. "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." The shepherds rose up to go see this mighty thing which h;id come to pass. Eo they climbed the rocky slope to Eethlelem and "found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger." TTie birth of Jesus created .1 new center for the world and set heaven ind earth revolving around His cradle. The angels sang, shepherds wondered, new star glittered upon the blue curtain of the night, and wise men came from afar to worship Him. Rumors of a coming King or Saviour were widespread in the ancient world and doubtless had reached these worshippers of the sun to whom the stars were embodiments of deity. In due time 'they came into the house and saw the young child with Mary His mother; and they fell down and worshipped Him; and opening their treasures they offered unto Him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh." To cbcape the murderous intent, born nt fear of a rival, of Herod, who sent soldiers to thrust a sword through every cradle in Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph fled with the Child by way of Egypt and returned to Nazareth. Actual Birthday Unknown And so we come to another season of the year when we celebrate the birthday of Christ. We have named this celebration Christmas. However, the celebration of Christmas was not among the earliest church festivals, and the precise date of the birth of Jesus was unknown. Clement of Alexandria, writing around 200 A. D. To You, w h o m we count as friends, patrons and fellow citizens we extend our Heartiest Greetings of the Season. HITT'S Brown ^ Shoe Store For a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year J. L Williams & Sons LUMBER COMPANY "Lumbering Along Since 1S90" fin CHRISTffl HAYNES BROS.
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