History of the
In the late 1800s, a candy maker in Indiana wanted to
express the meaning of Christmas through a symbol made
of candy. He came up with the idea of bending one of his
white candy sticks into the shape of a cane and
incorporating several symbols of Christ’s love and sacrifice.
First, he used a plain white peppermint stick. The color
white symbolizes the purity and sinless nature of Jesus.
Next, he added three small stripes to symbolize the pain
inflicted upon Jesus before His death on the cross. He
added a bold stripe to represent the blood Jesus shed for
humanity. When looked at with the crook on top, it looks
like a shepherd’s staff, because Jesus is the Shepherd of man.
If you turn it upside down, it becomes the letter ‘J,”
symbolizing the first letter in Jesus’ name.
The candy cane serves as alasting reminder of what Christmas
is really all about.
“Miracles of Rain” – Fr. Martin Ritsi
We have been ministering in the Turkana region of Kenya. The first villa~
we approached eventually received the Orthodox Faith. God worked
miracles by sending prophecies of our coming, in advance, and, then,
three years in a row sending rain, during a time of drought, upon our
arrival. On the third visit, the people were baptized in a river that
actually had filled the night that we arrived.
Then, we went on to another village. One woman, a bit skeptical,
challenged us to pray to our God for rain. Later, others, with genuine
hope also asked that we would pray to God for rain. The village was
suffering. Water was scarce. Animals were too thin and the people were
hungry. At the end of the day, we knelt in the sands under the stars,
surrounded by the people. We asked the Lord to reveal Himself, to
send rain. Before morning, the rain began to pour and fill the river.