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Did John Calvin observe Christmas?

In Calvin's sermon on Christmas Day (I believe it fell on a Friday) in 1551, he says the following: In truth, as you have often been admonished, it is good to set aside one day out of the year in ...
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Dates of Epiphany and Baptism celebrations shifting in Ireland and England

Canon 1246 of the Code of Canon Law of the Catholic Church states: Sunday, on which by apostolic tradition the paschal mystery is celebrated, must be observed in the universal Church as the ...
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Why was Thanksgiving in the US traditionally the last Thursday before Advent?

Why was Thanksgiving in the US traditionally the last Thursday before Advent? The Short answer is: There seems to be no connection between Thanksgiving Day and the First Sunday of Advent. However, ...
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As a non-Christian, how to have best Christmas Day experience in Rome?

The best way to celebrate Christmas in Rome is by keeping Christ in Christmas. Most churches and basilicas will have church services on every day that you plan to be in Rome. That would include ...
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Which regional rules of lent fasting or holy days of obligation should a Catholic follow?

The rule for fasting is "when in Rome, do as the Romans do." This is exactly the case where that saying derives. Where you are on the particular day determines whether you must abstain or ...
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Why was Thanksgiving in the US traditionally the last Thursday before Advent?

Ken Graham has answered your question, but it appears that the first Thanksgiving took place in Virginia on 4 December 1619. These quotes come from a Catholic source: Is Thanksgiving was a civil ...
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Did ancient Roman Christians celebrate any Roman national holidays?

Did Roman Christians celebrate any Roman national holidays? The short answer is no. Pagan celebrated Pagan rituals and festivities, while the Early Church Christians celebrated things related to Jesus ...
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Catholics Fulfilling Their Sunday and Holy Day Obligation to Attend Mass Who are Late

How late can a person arrive at Mass, say on a Sunday, in order for that Mass to fulfill that person's obligation to assist at Mass? While it is true that before the Second Vatican Council some moral ...
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Google calendar for catholic holdiays/holy days of obligation?

Google calendar for catholic holdiays/holy days of obligation? Questions: Of what denomination/s and region/s is this above calendar? Is there some kind of catholic google calendar that covers all ...
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Are Catholic Trunk-or-Treat parties considered Halloween or All-Saint's-Day parties?

Are Catholic Trunk-or-Treat parties considered Halloween or All-Saint's-Day parties? In one sense, they are simply considered parties! However that does not paint the whole picture. Halloween party ...
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Why was Thanksgiving in the US traditionally the last Thursday before Advent?

Consider this answer an extended comment, subject to deletion or removal to History. The short answer to the main question is no, as far as we know there was never any consideration of synchronizing ...
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Daniel's timeline - Yom Kippur dates 2024

The Biblical calendar is a "bound lunar" calendar. This means it consists of an exact number of lunar months, but the number of months in any particular year is 12 or 13. This ensures that Passover ...
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What did "Teaching of the Twelve Apostles" say about the Epiphany?

First of all, it's worth noting the this work is not the first century Didache, which also goes by the name "Teaching of the Twelve Apostles," or even the third century Didascalia Apostolorum. ...
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Is a Saint Joseph the patron of men named Osip?

A boy born in Russia on or near the feast day of some Saint Joseph might thus be named Iosif. Does the name Osip suggest a patron Saint Joseph? Yes, but which Joseph exactly? Let's see some ...
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Is a Saint Joseph the patron of men named Osip?

In Russian tradition a man is named after some concrete saint. His name day is then not the day when some saint named the same is celebrated, but only that one, after which he was named. So, if ...
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Is there a special name for the day between Easter and Good Friday?

The days of Holy Week are: Palm Sunday - recognizing that Jesus was honored with palm branches as he came into Jerusalem Fig Monday - recognizing the day Jesus cursed the fig tree Holy Tuesday Spy ...
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Is there a special name for the day between Easter and Good Friday?

Originally the Saturday between the traditional Good Friday and Easter was called "Great Sabbath". It was called that way at least since Chrysostom's time (circa AD 400) according to this reference. ...
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