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Were birthdays celebrated by believers anywhere in Holy Scriptures?

Were birthdays celebrated by believers? The answer would turn on one's definition of "celebrate". Does "celebrate" mean only the inclusion of cake, ice cream, balloons, streamers, presents, friends, ...
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What is the reason that nuns always cover their hair?

The custom originates in Judaism, and different arguments are given for it. Married women, in particular, cover their hair in an act of modesty. They argue a woman's hair should be reserved for her ...
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How does the Catholic Church choose the patron saint of a parish church?

The naming of a patron saint of a parish church must be chosen by the clergy and the faithful of the area in union with their local ordinary (bishop) and then approved by the Congregation for Divine ...
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What is the earliest surviving reference to the Paschal Greeting?

There is a tradition in the Eastern Orthodox Church that the saying was made popular by Mary Magdalene when she supposedly addressed Emperor Tiberius in Rome with the words “Christ is risen.” Mary ...
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What is the earliest instance of Eucharistic adoration?

What is the earliest instance of Eucharistic adoration? The first recorded instance of Perpetual Adoration antedates Corpus Christi, and occurred at Avignon, on 11 September 1226. Catholic devotion ...
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Were birthdays celebrated by believers anywhere in Holy Scriptures?

A simple text search of the Bible on BibleGateway returns 3 references in the King James Version: And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast unto all his ...
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Catholicism: Memento Mori in Christianity?

Memento Mori, or remembering one's death/mortality in order to live well, is definitely a Christian tradition rooted in Scripture (see Sirach 7:36, Psalm 90:12, Luke 9:23). As for the skull on the ...
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Does any church follow the Apostolic Tradition of Baptism ‘in the nude’, or was that never the tradition?

I've noticed that the question was published a lot of years ago, but still wanted to share that there are Orthodox Icons that depict Jesus Christ being Baptised naked. . Also in Greece, among some ...
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What is the origin and meaning of the rosary?

Short answer, another name for the Rosary is the Angelic Psalter. It is a repetition mainly of the words of the Angel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary announcing the Birth of Jesus and the words ...
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What is the origin of closing one's eyes during prayer?

It should be noted the current-day posture differs from the early Christian one: The traditional posture of prayer in medieval Europe is kneeling or supine with clasped hands, in antiquity more ...
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Were birthdays celebrated by believers anywhere in Holy Scriptures?

One example is omitted by the other answer (argument from silence inherent therein notwithstanding). Job 1:4-5 And his sons would have a feast every man on his [birth]day at his own house, and ...
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Is the orientation of a grave facing East required in the Catholic Church?

At one time, it was true that Catholics must be buried facing the east. Is that no longer true, and was it a part of the same law which said that the altar in a Catholic Church must face the east. As ...
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Understanding Jesus counter argument against the Pharisees (Luke 11:19 )

The NET Bible makes an interesting point at footnote 54: Most read your sons as a reference to Jewish exorcists (cf. “your followers,” L&N 9.4; for various views see D. L. Bock, Luke [BECNT], 2:...
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Is there a particular order in lighting candles on an advent wreath?

Is there a particular order in lighting candles on an advent wreath in the Catholic Church? The short answer is no. There does not appear to be any prescribed order, either officially or even ...
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What is the origin of closing one's eyes during prayer?

Closing the eyes in prayer is for the same reason as one may fast in association with prayer. It is to detach oneself from the things of this world, from the things of the flesh and from the things ...
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Where does the practice of sprinkling as a mode of baptism come from?

The Early Church "Sprinkling" can refer to either baptism by affusion or by aspersion, as both basically amount to tiny little pours or droplets of water. While it might make sense to ...
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Where did the custom of dancing with flags during worship originate?

Perhaps I am wrong... since I have to consider that the sister of Moses, Miriam and also even David danced before the Lord. However, personally it troubles me when I have to stand and watch these ...
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Why do some Christians (Coptic orthodox and catholic) kiss the priest's hand?

The kissing of the priest's hand in the Coptic Church is for the reasons that He is a chosen vessel by God and receives a special grace given by the priesthood. He is the one who administers the Holy ...
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Does Jesus' public reading of the Scriptures imply that he had any authority within the religious community?

It would have been common for some members to recite the scriptures in same way it happens in some Churches or assemblies. Though the reciter might not be a random person but of some credibility. ...
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Why did Nehemiah need to tell us that the Queen was sitting beside the King?

In this Matthew Henry commentary over on blueletterbible.org (a great research site!), he notes evidence from the book of Esther that it seemed to be uncommon for the queen to be in the king's ...
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Is the orientation of a grave facing East required in the Catholic Church?

Priests during Catholic masses typically(?) face East (Jerusalem?). If a funeral includes a mass, the deceased is probably feet-first towards the altar, so also facing east. The traditional ...
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Regarding the practice of "cast lots". Was this done by Jews only or did others practice it?

Regarding the practice of “cast lots”. Was this done by Jews only or did others practice it? The casting of lots was almost universally done in most cultures in the Old Testament times. In Judeo-...
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Catholicism: Memento Mori in Christianity?

Catholicism: Memento Mori in Christianity? Wikipedia has this to say about Momento Mori: Memento Mori is the medieval Latin Christian practice of reflection on mortality, especially as a means of ...
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Taking shoes off before closing a deal - is there an history evidence?

Since Boaz is taken by many (if not most) to be a figure of Christ and Ruth as a figure of the Church and since the man with one shoe is taken to be a figure of (some say) the first covenant or the ...
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Do both officiant and recorder need holy orders to perform a Catholic baptism?

I am going to extrapolate from the behavior of the California fathers under the assumption that they followed canon law. The answer depends on which sort of officiant is involved. It turns out there ...
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What are the historical and scriptural reasons why women are prohibited and/or discouraged from wearing pants in some churches?

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; [1 Timothy 2:9 KJV] Shortly before ...
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What is the origin of closing one's eyes during prayer?

Scientists say that we receive 90 percent of the material of perception through the eyes. Closing of the eyes means we are allowing the other senses, like hearing, to work better. When one wants to ...
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What is the origin of closing one's eyes during prayer?

The closest thing I have seen to a biblical basis for this tradition is the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector in Luke 18: 13 “But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even raise ...
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