December 11, 2017

December 11, 2017

Center for Campus Ministry E-News for December 11

Hanukkah Begins on Tuesday

Center for Ministry

Center for Campus Ministry E-News for December 11

Happy Hanukkah to all those who will begin celebrating the holiday on December 12.

What is Hanukkah?

December for many is a month filled with light.  Christmas trees decorated with lights stand in a place of prominence this month in many homes.  Festive lights can be seen in outside decorations and in storefronts.  However, there are other lights, important to many that you may not be familiar with. These are the lights of the menorah, displayed in a place of prominence in many Jewish homes celebrating the festival of Hanukkah.

What is Hanukkah or Khanukah (pronounced with a guttural kh)?  In 167 BCE within the land of Judah the political and military power of the region belonged to the Seleucids (Syrian/Greek). They introduced religious ceremonies which were contrary to Jewish faith and profaned Jewish temples by offering sacrifices forbidden by Torah. A small army of resistance under the leadership of Judah the Maccabee defeated the Greeks and drove them from Jerusalem. Thereupon they rededicated the temple including lighting the Temple Menorah (the candelabrum) but they had only enough oil for one day.  Miraculously the candles burned for eight days until new oils could be purified.

The menorah displayed in many households has 9 candles.  The centermost candle is the shamash from which the others are lit, one each evening for 8 nights.

Both Hanukkah and Christmas speak to us in a rich and meaningful way about God's miraculous work in history on behalf of God's people. 

Tommie Catholic Christmas Party

Tuesday December 12
Woulfe Alumni Hall

Take a much needed break from your papers and projects and enjoy an evening of food, games, and fun.  All are welcome!

Come make holiday arts and crafts with Peer Ministers! Supplies are limited.

Have You Considered Joining Our Peer Ministry Team?

Applications are now being accepted through the Student Leadership Selection process. If you will be studying abroad for Spring Term, be sure to get your application in by December 12. See poster below for details.