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Liturgy Brisbane calls it "Holy Saturday." According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, it is a day of both joy and sadness, and "in the early Church this was the only Saturday on which fasting was permitted, and the fast was one of special severity. Dating from the time of St. Irenaeus, an absolute fast from every kind of food was observed for the ...


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When Christians and/or churches oppose Halloween, it is because the holiday is perceived as a celebration and glorification of evil. Children (and adults) dress up as ghosts, witches, monsters, and all manner of "evil" thing. Many claim (although my research suggests that historical evidence is lacking to support such claims) that the tradition of dressing ...


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I asked the same question to the Priest who lead our (it was my wife and my honeymoon) pilgrimage for the 2005 World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany. His answer was, It's like a renaissance festival for young(ish) Catholics. And, since I've never been to a renaissance festival, but I have been to a World Yotuth Day, I think I agree. Of the few that I've ...


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When the feast was established in 1264, the feast of Pentecost had an octave1 and effectively lasted a week, up to Trinity Sunday. This meant that the first "unimpeded" Thursday following Maundy Thursday was the Thursday after Trinity — the season of Easter impeded2 all the Thursdays up to Pentecost, which had its own octave covering the Thursday ...


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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 which we are reminded of all the good that has occurred because of Christ’s birth in the world, and in which we hear the story of his birth retold, which will be ...


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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 primordial holy day of obligation. The following days must also be observed: the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Epiphany, the Ascension, the Body and Blood of ...


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There's a website dedicated to World Youth Day with an about page that explains it as thus: World Youth Day (WYD) is a worldwide encounter with the Pope which is typically celebrated every three years in a different country. The most recent WYD was celebrated in Madrid from August 16th to 21st, 2011, and the next WYD will be held in Rio de Janeiro, ...


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Paul writes in Romans 14:5-8: 5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. 6 Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives ...


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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, the number of shopping days after Thanksgiving influenced the move from the Last Thursday of November (1863) to the Fourth Thursday of November (1939). In fact ...


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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 holiday or a religious holiday? On December 4, 1619, 38 English settlers arrived at Berkely Plantation on the James River near present Charles City, Virginia. The ...


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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 churches of other denominations other than Catholic (Anglican, Lutheran and Protestant). Besides going to a church service, which would be open to all, even non-...


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Christian festivals vary according to denomination, and whether they are government holidays depends very much on your country. However there are some major ones that most Christians celebrate. The most widely celebrated are: Christmas Celebrated on December 25th, this celebrates the birth of Jesus. In almost all countries with a Christian heritage this is ...


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They are quite unlike each other. You can read of the fundamentals of the Jewish Passover in Exodus 12. In fundamentalist Christianity, Easter is the celebration of Jesus' resurrection from the dead. You can read of the resurrection benefits for the Christian in 1 Corinthians 15. Wikipedia should have articles on each if you want to be more thorough. I will ...


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If you are looking for an answer that says "We know that Jesus was really born on December 25th and here is the evidence", you are going to be disappointed. There is no such evidence, and we don't know his birthday. (There is some circumstantial evidence that it was in Spring, but it's far from conclusive). December 25th was indeed arbitrarily chosen, and ...


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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 and other festivals are always about the same time of year, but not exactly. This differs from the Islamic calendar, which is "fixed lunar", in which a year is ...


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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. Instead, it's an ancient Syriac document, typically dated to the fourth century (see, for example, Witakowski), which is about the same time as the writing of the ...


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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 fast regardless where you are from. A typical occurrence for this would be in parts of the United States when St. Patrick's day falls on a Friday in Lent. Some ...


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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 festivities are generally not endorsed by the Catholic Church. There is no religious feast day celebrating it. Up until 1955, the Church’s Liturgical Calendar for ...


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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 the Thanksgiving holiday with the advent season. At the same time, we should be aware that the origin of Thanksgiving is based entirely on Christian sentiments ...


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What Churches, and Christians alike do not like about Halloween is not the celebration, but the fact that they believe Evil, Satan, Demons and etcetera, are real. Because they believe that they fear that such celebrations minimize the danger posed by those beings. They also worry that children will learn to not fear evil, and thereby become more ...


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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 rules, which can be applied on this. Rules Russian namegiving tradition includes upto three ways of naming: The first and most spreaded currently tradition, is ...


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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 someone's saint is Joseph of Astrakhan', then the celebration of Joseph of Optina isn't his name day. Otherwise, popular names like Dmitry or Andrew would be having ...


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I submit this for your review as I studied this about 30 yrs ago. I have searched for links so you can research the answer in depth at your leisure as there is many many studies and opinions out there. The following are just a few I am sighting for you from my studies. I hope it helps....and if you desire more information let me know. Bob Larson, ...


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According to a page on the Northern Illinois University site, the festival concludes a Novena (nine days) of prayer. The festivity commemorates the search of the Holy Cross by Queen Helena (Reina Elena) and her son, the newly converted emperor Constantine. After the Holy Cross was found in Jerusalem and brought back to rome, there was a joyful celebration ...


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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 Wednesday - recognizing the day when Judas went to the high priest promising to spy out Jesus' movements so he could be arrested Maundy Thursday - recognizing ...


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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. “But when at length he [Polycarp] had brought his prayer to an end, after remembering all that had ever come into contact with him, small and great, famous ...


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Although as many others go through life's celebrations etc... so do I but this is my mindadventure on this subject. , Ephesians 6:10 example A central theme to this letter is that God's purpose is to bring together from many nations all people under the universal church of Jesus Christ. Christianity. I feel that paganism is not what is good in Gods ...


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Birthdays cannot be a sin!! GOD loves celebration, and fellowship, breaking bread, and unity. The sin factor is what we as humans determine as celebration. To celebrate ones heart still beating is not sinful. To not make reference that GOD is the reason for the still beating is sinful. Example: Wake everyday, and give thanks for air in your lungs. If you ...


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