December 27, 2012 | Vol. 116 -- No. 36

A joyful Merry Christmas

Of Cabbages and Kings

There are those of us who try very hard to remove the word “Christmas” from our vocabulary because we have been told it will offend someone. Christmas simply means Christ Mass. Is that offensive? Why has Christmas been chosen as offensive when vulgar expressions grow ever more popular and must be endured?

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A long time ago Mr. Webster placed Mass on a middle page of his dictionary as “the liturgy of the Eucharist.” He explained liturgy as a form of public worship, a ritual. Eucharist, he said, meant the sacrament of Holy Communion, or in plain language, the Lord’s Supper.

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