The duties of the Chaplain are to pronounce the invocation and the benediction at Legion meetings, as well as perform such other acts as would fall within the realm of his/her office as the spiritual leader. They should conduct the memorial service when such is needed.
As the Legion is composed of men and women of different creeds and faiths, the Chaplain must be a person of tolerance and sympathy toward all.
Chaplain Post 291, Ken Wilson (949) 230-2826
Chaplain’s Corner Post 291
Greetings to our Post 291 family.
Now that we have had our fill of Turkey, we blast off into December with milestones of loss and victory i.e. Dec. 7th, the start of WWII and Dec. 31st, the end of WWII. Those of us who had parents that served in wartime or home front, will never forget what they faced and accomplished for the freedoms we hold dear to our hearts. Light a candle in honor of all those who served and give thanks to God that freedom is still honored and desired.
On the faith side of December, we enter into 3 key and unique days of celebration. The first is Hanukkah on Dec. 22nd. It was a miracle of God allowing one day’s oil offered on the altar to burn eight days. “Hanukkah (which in Hebrew means ‘to dedicate’) is also referred to as the Festival of Lights or the Feast of Dedication. It is a holiday, lasting eight days, that celebrates the rededication of Jerusalem’s temple in 164 B.C. after it was defiled by a pagan ruler.”(www.biblestudy.org/question/what-is-hanukkah-and-can)
The second day is Dec. 25th, Christmas. Yes, Virginia it is ok to say Merry Christmas! Whether you have faith in God through Christ, Christmas brings a sense of beauty and encouragement even in times of loss and disappointment. It is a time of hope in the midst of heartache.
John Chapter 1: 1-5 sums up the meaning of Christmas. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
The third day is Dec. 26th, Kwanzaa. “Kwanzaa is a celebration that begins on December 26th to January 1st, honoring the African heritage in American culture. Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday. It was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 to celebrate African culture and to help inspire African-Americans in the United States.” (www.softschools.com/facts/holidays/kwanzaa_facts/2532/). Kwanzaa is celebrated for seven days. Each day focuses on affirming values, values which celebrate and reinforce family, community, and culture.
May you all find a way to celebrate and honor God and our Country this holiday season.
Chaplain Ken Wilson.
Ken Wilson, Chaplain
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