Question of the Day for Tuesday, December 25, 2012
What happened to the Magi’s gifts?
Q. I am a Catholic and 94 years old. Over the years I have asked several people this question. Whatever happened to the gold, frankincense and myrrh given to the Holy Family by the Wise Men at the time of Jesus’ birth? Could you help me find an answer?
R.P., Marshall, Mich.
A. Here’s a reply from TCA columnist Father Ray Ryland, Ph.D., J.D
Gold has been a precious medium of exchange for nearly 5,000 years. In the ancient world, subjects offered gold to their kings as marks of respect.
Frankincense is the hardened sap of a tree found in the Middle East. It was burned as incense during worship.
Myrrh was also the hardened sap of a tree. It had preservative qualities and was used in embalming the dead.
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