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Where, if anywhere, is it explicitly stated that the Church may borrow and adapt heathen feasts?

Yes, a letter from Pope Gregory I to the Abbot Melitus was recorded by the venerable Bede in Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation, Book I, chapter XXX. In his letter of instruction regarding ...
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Why does the Catholic Church not celebrate the Feast of Naming of Jesus?

Why does the Catholic Church not celebrate the Feast of Naming of Jesus? Who says we do not? Those who follow the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, celebrate it under the title of the Feast of the ...
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What were the practices observance of which was abhorred by St Paul in Gal 4:9-10?

The practices being observed by Galatian Christians, which Paul so abhorred he wrote in the strongest terms to dissuade them from doing, were those things back then causing them to return to bondage. ...
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Why is the Feast of the Visitation held on May 31st, during the Easter/Pentecost season?

The Wikipedia article you link to actually gives a clear explanation: quoting from the Roman Calendar, "so that it would harmonize better with the Gospel story." From 1389, when the feast ...
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What is the biblical basis for believing that the Feast Days / Appointed Festivals / Holy Convocations are NOT morally binding for Christians today?

The answer is at Acts 15:28,29, but the context is important in order to understand why it answers your question. The book of Acts chronicles the development of the early Christian congregations ...
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What is the biblical basis for only keeping the weekly Sabbath while disregarding all the other feasts/holy convocations (Lev 23, Num 28, 29)?

A biblical basis for some Christians to claim that the weekly Sabbath is still in effect while the Feasts of Leviticus 23 need not be kept is that it's not clear that the Sabbath is included in the ...
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How did Christians get from the biblical feast of Passover to Easter sunday?

Easter and Passover are two different celebrations. Passover celebrates the escape of the Israelites from Egypt and the sparing of them from the plague of killing the firstborn. Easter celebrates the ...
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What were the practices observance of which was abhorred by St Paul in Gal 4:9-10?

It wasn't the practices per se, it was the goal the people were attempting to get to of the practices that Paul abhorred. Galatians is full of the contrast between the Mosaic Law and Grace in Christ. ...
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What date to place the patronal feast day of St. Mary’s Church?

Your hunch "that it is the Feast of the Assumption" appears correct, at least according to Rev. W. J. Wiseman, “The Titular Feast,” The Pastor 3, no. 5 (March 1885): 129–36. In the § "Practical ...
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Why does the Eastern Orthodox Church call the 49 days following Easter, Pentecost, and the Western Church does not?

Why does the Eastern Orthodox Church call the 49 days following Easter, Pentecost and the Western Church does not? To put it in a nutshell: It is their tradition to do so. The Eastern Orthodox Church ...
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Why does the Eastern Orthodox Church call the 49 days following Easter, Pentecost, and the Western Church does not?

The time between Easter and Pentecost is called Eastertide (or Season of Easter) in most Western churches. Western churches also refer to the Season of Pentecost to mean the time after Pentecost.
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Why is the The Nativity called "Christmas"?

Why is the Nativity called “Christmas”? There is no clear cut source as to why the word "Christmas" became such a popular term at this time of the year than that of the "Nativity". However there are ...
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What do Catholics believe about Yom kippur and judgment?

It is not the practice of the Catholic Church to have doctrines or precepts about particular Jewish Holy Days or celebrations. If the Church did, it would be easily found in the Catholic Encyclopedia. ...
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Do any denomination teach that Jesus was born in the Autumn?

Early Quakers did not observe Christmas nor mark other 'times and seasons'. They believed that no day was more holy than any other, and believed that each day, and all of life, was sacred (Quaker ...
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Does any denomination commemorate as Feast, events of the Old Testament?

Zechariah 14 says that all nations will eventually celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, so why would anyone think that God's Holy Days shouldn't be celebrated? Here are four examples of booklets ...
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How do Catholics in Japan celebrate the Feast of the Discovery of the Hidden Christians?

We attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Altar, i.e. we "have Mass". I recall two or three years ago the priest gave a homily about it at Mass one night; apparently it was a Tuesday night. It's not a big ...
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How did Christians get from the biblical feast of Passover to Easter sunday?

One of the great controversies that led to the Schism of 1054 was the type of bread to be used at Passover. For the Roman Catholic, it was unleavened. For the Eastern Orthodox, it was leavened. The ...
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Why does the Christian doctrine seem so far from the Bible?

The Differences between the Doctrine of Christ and 1 - Circumcision 2 - Feast days 3 - Following the statutes & judgements 4 - Keeping the Sabbath The four items mentioned in the question pertain ...
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Why does the Christian doctrine seem so far from the Bible?

Welcome to the site. I'm assuming you are just starting to investigate Christianity. This is a good question, so I'll try to give you a simple answer. Most of the Bible, which we call the Old ...
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Why aren't Christmas and New Year's Day the same date?

Why aren't Christmas and New Year's Day the same date? In one sense they are the same date! The short answer is that they are simply not taking the same place within the civil calendar. Yet on the ...
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What is the biblical basis for only keeping the weekly Sabbath while disregarding all the other feasts/holy convocations (Lev 23, Num 28, 29)?

Technically, Christians today do not and are not "Keeping the weekly Sabbath". The Sabbath was never changed in scripture, by Christ or any writer. The Sabbath is still sundown on Friday to ...
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What is the biblical basis for believing that the Feast Days / Appointed Festivals / Holy Convocations are NOT morally binding for Christians today?

Therefore, no one is to act as your judge in regard to food and drink, or in respect to a festival or a new moon, or a Sabbath day— things which are only a shadow of what is to come; but the substance ...
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Do any denomination teach that Jesus was born in the Autumn?

Literature of Jehovah's Witnesses regularly mentions the Birth of Jesus to have likely taken place in fall. The Bible historian Luke tells us that John came baptizing in the 15th year of Tiberius ...
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Is Divine Mercy Sunday optional?

Is Divine Mercy Sunday optional? Of course it is optional. But not in the sense of a liturgical feast! Catholics are encouraged to celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday, but it ...
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What is the biblical basis for believing that the Feast Days / Appointed Festivals / Holy Convocations are still morally binding for Christians today?

There are many booklets and articles that discuss this subject in detail, such as: God's Holy Day Plan: The Promise of Hope for All Mankind | United Church of God The Holy Days: God's Master Plan | ...
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What is the biblical basis for only keeping the weekly Sabbath while disregarding all the other feasts/holy convocations (Lev 23, Num 28, 29)?

The Seventh day Adventist perspective considers that the sabbath is an institution from God from the very beginning of time and was established at creation. It was then reiterated at Sinai with the ...
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What is the biblical basis for only keeping the weekly Sabbath while disregarding all the other feasts/holy convocations (Lev 23, Num 28, 29)?

What is the biblical basis for only keeping the weekly Sabbath while disregarding all the other appointed festivals listed in Leviticus 23? For one thing is that Jesus taught us that “the Sabbath was ...
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If your the cathedral parish of your diocese has burned down, is the feast day of the patron saint still a solemnity?

If the local cathedral of your diocese has burned down, is the feast day of the patron saint still a solemnity? The short answer is yes, since the principle patron saint has not been changed and thus ...
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What is the norm for celebrating First Friday/Saturday Novena Masses on Holy Days of Obligation?

What is the norm for celebrating First Friday/Saturday Novena Masses on Holy Days of Obligation? These devotions you speak of are not technically novenas and as such the Mass of the day fulfills the ...
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