Frankincense & Myrrh Pillar Candles

From the Community of Jesus
CHRISTMAS PILLAR CANDLES
Frankincense & Myrrh


Featuring the traditional scents of Christmas, these hand-poured Frankincense (blue) and Myrrh (ivory) pillar candles are made with 100% palm wax. They are environmentally safe and biodegradable, and they also burn longer and cleaner than paraffin. Each measures 6" high and 2 1/2" in diameter.

  • Frankincense Pillar Candle (Item #2152)
  • $16.95
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  • Myrrh Pillar Candle (Item #2153)
  • $16.95
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  • Frankincense & Myrrh Candle Set (Item #2154)
  • $29.95
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Christmas

Christmas is the annual feast commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, over 2000 years ago. For Christians, it is not just a single day (December 25), but an extended liturgical season of joy and celebration, involving many different symbols and traditions, special music and activities, which vary significantly among different countries and cultures. For religiously observant Christians, the Christmas Season begins at sunset on Christmas Eve, December 24, and lasts from 12 days to 40 days. In some ecclesial traditions the Christmas Season might end on January 6 (the traditional date of the Feast of the Epiphany); in others it might last until the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (usually the Sunday after Epiphany), or might even last all the way to February 2 (the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, 40 days after December 25). January 6, usually celebrated as Epiphany, carries different significance in various church traditions. Due to different calendars in use in various eras and locations of the church, some cultures and church traditions celebrate Christmas on January 6 (in the older Julian calendar still used as the religious calendar in Eastern Churches, January 6 corresponds to December 24 on the modern Gregorian calendar).

Although we cannot know the exact date of Jesus' birth, it has been celebrated on December 25 since the early fourth century, when most of the Roman Empire adopted the Christian religion. It replaced the mid-winter Roman festival of "the birth of the sun god" (sol invictus), celebrated just after the winter solstice.

Etymologically, the word "Christmas" derives from Old English "Cristes mæsse" (literally "Christ's festival"). It is similar to Dutch Kerstmis, but is significantly different in derivation and meaning in many other European languages: German Weihnachten ("Blessed Night"), Italian Natale, Spanish Navidad, French Noël (all ultimately derived from Latin natalis, "birth"), and Scandinavian jul (from which is derived the English yule).

The official liturgical color of the Christmas Season for most Churches is white or gold, not green and red, as many people assume because of their prevalence in secular celebrations.



Community of Jesus: Orleans, Massachusetts

The Community of Jesus is an ecumenical community of Christians based in Rock Harbor, Orleans, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. It consists of about 275 members, all of whom live within a one-mile radius.

Begun in the early 1960s by two Episcopal women who were influenced by the charismatic movement of the time, the community is governed by a "Rule of Life," patterned in the Benedictine spirit. "Householders" take monastic vows of stability, conversion, and obedience, and "Brothers" and "Sisters" take additional vows of poverty, chastity and absolute obedience. About a dozen ordained clergy from a variety of denominations serve the community under the direction of the prioress, Mother Betty Pugsley.
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Christmas Pillar Candles
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Jan 3, 2017  |  By Mary R.
Well crafted. Lovely fragrance.
Mary R.


Christmas Smells
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Wonderful
Lucy W.


Christmas Pillar Candles
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Aug 5, 2016  |  By Mrs S.
For me this is the perfect candle! A beautiful blue color and the scent is calming; reminding me of being in church. Thank you! I wish I had more!
Mrs S.


Nice fragrance
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Mar 29, 2016  |  By Russ
This is a nice candle and comes very close to actual frankincense. The fragrance is slightly faint though.
Russ


persnicketty
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Feb 27, 2016  |  By lucy
Love the light delicate scent of both these candles. Scent promotes meditation and prayer. Reminds me of the smells at Mass. I've given this set as Christmas gifts.
lucy


mmm!
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Jan 15, 2016  |  By SUSAN K.
I gave the Frankincense and Myrhh candles as a gift to a spiritual mother. She was delighted! They smell so good!
SUSAN K.

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