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FESTIVALS OF THE CHURCH

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IMMOVABLE FESTIVALS

Christmas, or the Nativity of our Lord December 25 The Circumcision of Christ, and New Year's

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MOVABLE FESTIVALS

Rules to Find the Movable Festivals

The Movable Festivals all depend upon Easter except Advent.

Advent Sunday is always the nearest Sunday to the thirtieth day of November, whether before or after.

Easter is always the first Sunday after the Full Moon which happens upon, or next after the twentyfirst day of March; and if the Full Moon happen upon a Sunday, Easter is the Sunday after.

The time of Easter being found, the other Festivals occur as follows:

Septuagesima Sunday is nine weeks before Easter. Ash Wednesday, or the beginning of Lent, is fortysix days before Easter.

Palm Sunday, or the beginning of Holy Week, is eight days before Easter.

Holy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter.
Good Friday is the Friday before Easter.
Ascension Day is forty days after Easter.
Whitsun-Day is seven weeks after Easter.
Trinity Sunday is eight weeks after Easter.

FESTIVALS OF THE CHURCH

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A TABLE OF THE DAYS ON WHICH EASTER WILL FALL FROM 1892-2003

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THE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE

An easy and helpful way to memorize the Books of the Bible. To be taught to the children in the home or the catechetical class.

Old Testament Division

5-12-5-5-12 equals 39

5-Books of Moses.

12-Historical Books.

5-Poetical Books.

5-Prophetical Books,

12-Minor Prophets.

These words, made up of the first syllable of the Minor Prophets, are very helpful to the memory. (Ho-Jo-Am) (Ob-Jo-Mi-Na) (Hab-Zeph-Hag-ZeMal).

4-Gospels.

I-History.

New Testament Division

4-1-14-7-1 equals 27

14-Pauline Epistles.

7-General Epistles.

I-Prophetic.

Total, 66 Books.

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ASCENSION DAY

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TRINITY

EASTER

NOTE.-The Church Year, established by the early Christian Fathers, has been more or less observed since the Fourth Century. At the Council of Nicæa, A. D. 325, the time for the celebrating of Easter was fixed on the first Sunday after the Spring Full Moon. with Christmas, it had been observed even earlier. By degrees the Church Year grew until it covered the entire life of Christ, including In connection all the cardinal doctrines of the Word. Centric, Christ and the Cross, the central truth of the Word. It begins It is pre-eminently Christowith Advent, the Sunday nearest November 30th, four weeks before Christmas, and ends with Trinity, bringing us to Advent again in a complete cycle. By its observance none of the essential truth of the Scriptures is omitted. The whole Church of Christ observes the Church Year, more or less fully.

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