Regina Magazine har en fin artikel om våra julgranar. En munk som befinner sig i nuvarande Tyskland, områden med germanska barbarer som tillber nordiska gudar och hänger sig åt blodiga människooffer, innehar huvudrollen.
”According to legend, Boniface let it be known among the tribes that when the next sacrifice was planned, he would personally prevent it. He gathered a group of his monks at an ancient oak tree considered sacred in Norse mythology. This was the place of blood-letting, where the Germans would perform their human sacrifices.
The sacrificial victim, a young girl, was bound to the oak tree in preparation, but before the fatal blow could be struck, Boniface grabbed the axe out of the executioner’s hands.
The Benedictine monk swung at the girl’s chains, whose links broke under the blow of the sharp blade. Boniface released the girl, and then turned his axe on the sacred oak tree.
As Boniface drove a huge gash into the trunk, the onlookers stood speechless, too stunned to move whilst the Benedictine continued to hack away. The oak crashed harmlessly to the ground, amidst a foreboding silence.
However, to the unarmed monks’ utter astonishment, the fierce Germans fell to their knees in terror. Anticipating the wrath of their gods for this sacrilege, the tribesmen were certain that Boniface would be struck down by a lightning bolt from Thor’s hammer, called ‘Mjolnir.’”
Något sådant skedde nu naturligtvis inte, utan Bonifatius (Boniface) demonstrerade här hur vidskepligheten, den mytologisk religionen, var verkningslös.
”Undeterred, Boniface broke the silence. In a loud voice, he ordered the kneeling tribesmen to look closely at the base of the felled oak. There, springing out of the ground from between the roots of the oak tree, was a tender young fir tree, about knee high.
Boniface explained that Odin, Thor and their other gods had fallen with the oak but that Boniface’s God had given them this little tree which never loses its leaves and is full of life even in the depths of winter. He pointed out to them that the Fir tree’s leaves pointed upwards to heaven. He explained that this tree had evergreen leaves to remind them that the Christian Triune God’s love for them was everlasting.”