Who Lives in Your Christmas Creche?
Your Christmas creche tells the story of the maternal bloodline of Christ. Everyone who does their family genealogy knows that we can run into a brick wall when we look for our grandmothers back a few generations. They lose their names and stories easily. Christ's grandmother was Anne, who is said to have fled from her Celtic home in Cornwall to Galilee. There was a lot of trade route travel in those days and her family relative Joseph of Arimathia was familiar with that. He may have been her brother. No wonder it was he who was to protect the pregnant Mary, "called the Magdalene" after Jesus' murder.
I'm putting Anne in my creche where her daughter gives birth. When women give birth we feel blood kinship with all our family's mothers who've gone before us.
Her home area of Cornwall had a worship community which later became a church with her name. The earliest carriers of Christianity were called Culdees and the churches known as Culdee churches. They were there before the roman church. Jesus's grandmother would have had a family spiritual mentor who believed in three truths; to revere the one Diety, to abstain from evil, and to behave valiantly. "The Truth against the world" was their saying about themselves. Surely Jesus spent time with his grandmother.
I am also putting Christ's Great-Grandmother in my Christmas creche. She may not have been alive at the time he was born, but I'm very sure she was there in spirit. She was said to have been born at Mount Carmel, which was a Mystery School of that time. The Mystery Schools were connected on the inner planes and were of constant influence to each other. There were many in Britain, including one in Fortingall on a site of early honoring of the Mother Godde Anaitis. Christ's Great-Grandmother is called Emernetia in her stories.An early Celtic Mother Godde is called Arnamentia. Arnamentia is "She of the Healing Waters".
Here is Christ's Great-Grandmother with her tree and her book of wisdom in a statue from 1515-1530. Emerentia carries a mythic pattern of the Goddess in her story of giving birth to Anne. It was known through vision at the Mystery School at Carmel that her child would be spiritually significant. Emerentia had six lovers with whom nothing was conceived. Seven being the mystical number of cycles and patterns of the Goddess was the one that brought her into harmony with her destiny....and Anne was born.
Today is December 1 and the little creche is ready to be filled with the spirit of women forever bringing forth new life in all ways creative and physical.
Dunford, Barry, Vision of Albion: The Key to the Holy Grail, 2008
Hill, Isabel Elder, Celt, Druid, and Culdee, 1938
Dunstan, Victor, Did the Virgin Mary Live and Die in England ?, 1985
The Emerentia statue is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, "The Virgin and Child, Saint Anne and Saint Emerentia"