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Does Christmas have pagan origins?

Posted by Luke J. Wilson on 19th December 2019 in Christmas | christmas,xmas,origins,pagan,pagan roots,church fathers,church history,Saturnalia,Epiphany,Annunciation,Tertullian,Origen,john chrysostom,incarnation,liturgical calendar,church calendar,festivals
...wed these festivals, as they were still happening in full force whilst the Church was still young and were a contemporary concern, and what date they pinned the birth of Christ on to. Much of the earliest references to the Nativity occur in a passing way as a commentary on the event rather than anything celebratory about it. Justin Martyr in his First Apology (~160 AD) mentions that Jesus was born 150 years before him, in the time of Quirinius (or Cyrenius as some translations have it – cf. Luke 2:2), where his readers could “ascertain also from the registers” the accuracy of his statement. Tertullian (197 AD) also references this census as a place where...
 

Should Christians celebrate Halloween?

Posted by Luke J. Wilson on 30th October 2017 in Halloween | halloween,all saints day,all hallows eve,early church,tradition,cultural and society,celebrations,festivals,holidays,holy day
...It's that time of year when you begin to see various articles and debates online about Hallowe'en, and whether it's something that Christians should have any part in. Table of Contents Origins of the holiday Aren’t there pagan roots? What about “Trick or Treat”, costumes and pumpkins? In conclusion To some people the answer is a straightforward “no”, while others say it falls into the realm of Christian freedom and personal discernment. But what about if you're unsure or somewhere in the middle of those two positions, how should you decide what is the right thing to do? We can all see that the modern celebration of Halloween is focused q...
 

Lent Day 30: Cyril of Jerusalem: Catechetical Lectures: Lecture XIX

Posted by Luke J. Wilson on 4th April 2017 in Lent | Lent,great lent,fasting,early church fathers,devotional,daily reading,Doctor of the Church,lectures,liturgy,catechism,Bishop of Jerusalem
...p at idol festivals, either meat or bread, or other such things polluted by the invocation of the unclean spirits”. All thy service – From taking part in “idol temples; things done in honour of lifeless idols [...] The watching of birds, divination, omens, or amulets, or charms written on leaves, sorceries, or other evil arts” I believe… – A way to symbolise and declare the turning from “West to East”, from darkness to light. Now through the “holy Laver of regeneration God has wiped away every tear from off all faces” by their regeneration in Christ.   This is the end of this lecture, and from the way Cyril concludes, it sounds like ea...
 
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