THE GLARE SENTINEL CHRISTMAS EDITION
FRIDAY MORNING DECEMBER 11~1936"
. " I
a*...........,..,,,„.,,.,.■-,.,,..,,...i ..i; ..—
^____ ....... ',. .-...-,:-
T IS BELATEDi; in an old tale that out of the East came three men to
pay splendid homage-to the Savior. Some say these were three of
the Magi, b'u_. another legend says these were three mighty kings.
The first of the three kiiigf was Melchior, Kingof Nubia, whose gift was gold; the
second, Balthazar, King of Cihaldea, who offered incense; and the third was Jasper,
King of Tarshish, a man of giant stature and 'a black Ethiope' whose gift was myrrh.
For the gift of gold was in testimony of His royalty as King of the Jews; the incense
was a token of his divinity; but the offering of myrrh alluded to the sorrows which
in the humiliating condition of a man the Redeemer vouchsafed to take upon Him.
The legend says these three kings rode before a gaily-caparisoned train of
mules, camels and horses lpaded with rich treasure, and guarded by a mighty
i ' ■'
retinue of Warders, glittering with gold and gems, and armed with bright weapons
of Damascus steel. l
For they had heard that He Was born who was ta be Savior of the World and
the King of Kings. And each of .these three Kings left his throne that he might'
hasten to the tiny town of Bethlehem in Judea, there to lay gifts at His feet and
Worship. To them was given a bright star to guide them, and when they came to
Bethlehem they sought-ouf the place where He lay and knelt before Him.
And while, the time-colored manuscripts are strangely silent on the point, theirs
must have been an exaltation of spirit and a curious feeling of reverence as these
grim rulers of many bowed their stiff necks in homage before the humble Child.
*-**•*»_■ * «*-
Then when their mission was ended back fo Tarshish and Chaldea and Nubia
went the three, and each again ascended his throne there to meditate on what ha
had witnessed. For they had been privileged to see a wonder that was to encircle
the world, bringing to troubled mankind a new hope, and a spirit of charity and
hujtnility and fair dealing.
And perhaps they glimpsed dimly that we today would still follow the custom
they established and that we would bear each other gifts in commemoration o!
their pilgrimage long ago. And that in so doing we would reawaken and rekindle
within ourselves th« loyalty they paid the Child at Bethlehem.
a * w « m m
Now the origins of this story are lost in the mists of time, and we shall never
know whether the three who came out of the East were the Magi or the thre*
Kings. But today in Cologne Cathedral occasionally the heavy doors of a chapel
are opened, the lamps are lighted illuminating a dazzling wealth of gilded and
jeweled sculpture and a magnificent reliquary enriched with gems and enamels
where sleep the three Kings, whom many believe once looked upon the Savior.
* Western Newspaper Union
::y.' U-MSM-'t') *-*>**T."i