Magna Carter

Fr. David Carter was actually transferred to Saints Peter and Paul Basilica over a month ago. The parishioners of All Saints Catholic Parish had a chance to say goodbye last night. Fr. David celebrated the 5:00 p.m. Mass at All Saints. There was a reception for him in the parish hall after Mass.

This weekend’s Masses commemorate the Solemnity of the Epiphany. Fr. David’s homily was about Rick Larson’s film, Star of Bethlehem. He described how Larson used astronomy software to explain that the Magi would have seen the conjunction of the planet Jupiter and the star Regulus.

Fr. David’s enthusiasm inspired me to look for Larson’s website again. Several years ago, I heard about a book that estimated the birth of Jesus to have occurred on April 17, 6 BC. Larson’s film makes a convincing case that Jesus was born on June 17, 2 BC. He also believes the Magi arrived a little over six months later, bearing gifts on December 25, 2 BC.

EWTN will show Star of Bethlehem on Monday at 6:00 p.m. The DVD is available for purchase online.

Larson’s next project is a film called Christ Quake, which is about the events on the day of Christ’s crucifixion. According to Larson, the date of the crucifixion was April 3, 33 AD.

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