Sad Fasts Changed to Glad Feasts
... Yes, God turns our fasts into feasts, and we are glad in the midst of our sorrow;
we can praise and bless his name for all that he does. ...
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Fragment xxxviii. The Apostles Ordained, that "We Should not Judge ...
... faith and love. We have heard from the prophetic words that these feasts
and fasts are displeasing to the Lord. . Footnotes: ...
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... Dr. Muhlenberg was one of the committee that edited Hymns Suited to the Feasts
and Fasts of the Church, 1826. He died April 6, 1871. ...
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The Augsburg Confession, 1530.
... I.), the celibacy of the clergy (II.), the sacrifice of the mass (III.), obligatory
auricular confession (IV.), ceremonial feasts and fasts (V.), monastic vows ...
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Of the Exercises of a Religious Man
... to that. Even for the diversity of season different exercises are needed,
some suit better for feasts, some for fasts. We need one ...
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One Argument which Has Been Much Relied Upon but not More than Its ...
... Tertullian, among other Jewish rites and customs, such as feasts, sabbaths, fasts,
and unleavened bread, mentions "orationes literales," that is, prayers by ...
/.../paley/evidences of christianity/chapter vi one argument which.htm
Political Parties in Connecticut at the Beginning of the ...
... It removed the long-standing complaint that Presbyterian days of fasting or
rejoicing frequently occurred during Episcopal feasts or fasts. ...
/.../chapter xiv political parties in.htm
The Women of the Gospel Narrative the Study of the Early Christian ...
... The Pharisees, who made the formalities of religion their one business in life,
could observe all the multitudinous feasts and fasts, all the ritual of washings ...
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Letter v. --For 333. Easter-Day , Coss. Dalmatius and Zenophilus ...
... 49. We duly proceed, my brethren, from feasts to feasts, duly from prayers to prayers,
we advance from fasts to fasts, and join holy-days to holy-days. ...
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Symbolic Ornaments of the Church
... Green, the ordinary color of nature, is used on all days which are not Feasts or
Fasts and when no special truth or doctrine is to be emphasized. ...
/.../regester/the worship of the church/symbolic ornaments of the church.htm
International Standard Bible EncyclopediaFeasts and Fasts
FEASTS AND FASTS
fests (mo`edh, "an appointed day" or "an assembling," chagh, from chaghagh, "to dance" or possibly "to make a pilgrimage"; tsom, "fast," ta`anith, "a day of affliction"):
1. Passover, 15th-22d Nican
2. Pentecost, 6th Ciwan) Pilgrimage
3. Tabernacles, 15th-22d Tishri) Festivals
4. Shemini `Atsereth, 23d Tishri
5. New Year, Feast of Trumpets, 1st Tishri
6. Atonement, 10th Tishri
1. Weekly Sabbath
2. New Moon
3. Sabbath Year
4. Jubilee Year
1. Feast of Dedication, 25th Kiclew
2. Fast of Esther, 13th 'Adhar
3. Feast of Purim, 14th 'Adhar
4. Fast of the Fourth Month, 17th Tammuz
5. Fast of the Fifth Month, 9th 'Abh
6. Fast of the Seventh Month, 3rd Tishri
7. Fast of the Tenth Month, 10th Tebheth
8. Feast of Acra, 23d Iyar
9. Feast of Nicanor, 18th 'Adhar
10. Feast of Woodcarrying, Midsummer Day, 15th 'Abh
11. New Year for Trees, 15th ShebhaT
12. Bi-weekly Fasts, Mondays and Thursdays after Festivals
13. Second Days of Festivals Instituted
14. New Modes of Observing Old Festivals Instituted
The Nature of the Hebrew Festivals:
The Hebrews had an abundance of holidays, some based, according to their tradition, on agriculture and the natural changes of times and seasons, some on historical events connected with the national or religious life of Israel, and still others simply on immemorial custom. in most instances two or more of these bases coexist, and the emphasis on the natural, the agricultural, the national, or the religious phase will vary with different writers, different context, or different times. Any classification of these feasts and fasts on the basis of original significance must therefore be imperfect.
We should rather classify them as preexilic and post-exilic, because the period of the Babylonian captivity marks a complete change, not only in the kinds of festivals instituted from time to time, but also in the manner of celebrating the old.
The pre-exilic list includes the three pilgrimage festivals, the Passover week, Pentecost, and the Feast of Tabernacles, together with the Eighth Day of Assembly at the conclusion of the last of these feasts, and New Year and Atonement Days, the weekly Sabbath and the New Moon.
1. Observances Common to All:
The preexilic festivals were "holy convocations" (Leviticus 23 Numbers 28). Special sacrifices were offered on them in addition to the daily offerings. These sacrifices, however, varied according to the character of the festival (Numbers 28; Numbers 29). On all of them trumpets (chatsotseroth) were blown while the burnt offerings and the peace-offerings were being sacrificed (Numbers 10:10). They were all likened to the weekly Sabbath as days of rest, on which there must be complete suspension of all ordinary work (Leviticus 16:29; Leviticus 23:7, 8, 21, 24, 25, 28, 35, 36).
2. Significance of the Festivals:
The three pilgrimage festivals were known by that name because on them the Israelites gathered at Jerusalem to give thanks for their doubly joyful character. They were of agricultural significance as well as commemorative of national events. Thus, the Passover is connected with the barley harvest; at the same time it is the zeman cheruth, recalling the Exodus from Egypt (Exodus 12:6 Leviticus 23:5, 8 Numbers 28:16-25 Deuteronomy 16:1-8).
Pentecost has an agricultural phase as chagh habikkurim, the celebration of the wheat harvest; it has a religious phase as zeman mattan Thorah in the Jewish liturgy, based on the rabbinical calculation which makes it the day of the giving of the Law, and this religious side has so completely overshadowed the agricultural that among modern Jews the Pentecost has become "confirmation day" (Exodus 34:26 Leviticus 23:10-14 Numbers 28:26-31).
The Feast of Tabernacles is at once the general harvest festival, chagh he-'aciph, and the anniversary of the beginnings of the wanderings in the wilderness (Exodus 23:16 Leviticus 23:33 Deuteronomy 16:13-15). The Eighth Day of Assembly immediately following the last day of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:36 Numbers 29:35 John 7:37) and closing the long cycle of Tishri festivals seems to have been merely a final day of rejoicing before the pilgrims returned to their homes.
New Year (Leviticus 23:23-25 Numbers 29:1-6) and the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16:1; Leviticus 23:26-32 Numbers 29:7-11) marked the turning of the year; primarily, perhaps, in the natural phenomena of Palestine, but also in the inner life of the nation and the individual. Hence, the religious significance of these days as days of judgment, penitence and forgiveness soon overshadowed any other significance they may have had. The temple ritual for these days, which is minutely described in the Old Testament and in the Talmud, was the most elaborate and impressive of the year. At the same time Atonement Day was socially an important day of rejoicing.
In addition to these annual festivals the pre-exilic Hebrews celebrated the Sabbath (Numbers 28:9, 10 Leviticus 23:1-3) and the New Moon (Numbers 10:10; Numbers 28:11-15). By analogy to the weekly Sabbath, every seventh year was a Sabbath Year (Exodus 23:11 Leviticus 25:1-7 Deuteronomy 15:1), and every cycle of seven Sabbath years was closed with a Jubilee Year (Leviticus 25:8-18) somewhat after the analogy of the seven weeks counted before Pentecost.
For further details of all of these preexilic festivals see the separate articles.
In post-exilic times important historical events were made the basis for the institution of new fasts and feasts. When the first temple was destroyed and the people were carried into captivity, "the sacrifice of the body and one's own fat and blood" were substituted for that of animals (see Talmud, Berakhoth 17a). With such a view of their importance, fasts of all sorts were as a matter of course rapidly multiplied. (Note that the Day of Atonement was the only pre-exilic fast.) Of these post-exilic fasts and feasts, the Feast of Dedication (1 Maccabees 4:52-59; John 10:22; Mishna, Ta`anith 2 10; Mo`edh QaTon 3 9; Josephus, Ant, XII, vii; Apion, II, xxxix) and the Feast of Purim (Esther 3:7; Esther 9:24; 2 Maccabees 15:36); and the fasts of the fourth (Zechariah 8:19; Jeremiah 39; 52; Mishna, Ta`anith 4 6), the fifth (Zechariah 7:3, 1; Zechariah 8:19; Ta`anith 4 6), the seventh (Zechariah 7:5; Zechariah 8:19 Jeremiah 41:1 2 Kings 25:25; Cedher `Olam Rabba' 26; Meghillath Ta`anith c. 12), the tenth months (Zechariah 8:19 2 Kings 25), and the Fast of Esther (Esther 4:16; Esther 9:31) have been preserved by Jewish tradition to this day. (The Feast of Dedication, the Feast of Purim and the Fast of Esther are described in separate articles.)
The fasts of the fourth, fifth, seventh and tenth months are based on historical incidents connected with one or more national calamities. In several instances the rabbis have by close figuring been able to connect with the dates of the fasts as well as the feasts other important national events than those for which the days were primarily instituted. Not less than four incidents are connected with the fasts of the fourth month (17th of Tammuz):
(a) on this day the Israelites made the golden calf;
(b) Moses broke the tables of law;
(c) the daily sacrifices ceased for want of cattle when the city was closely besieged prior to the destruction of Jerusalem; and
(d) on this day Jerusalem was stormed by Nebuchadnezzar.
The fast of the fifth month (9th day of 'Abh) receives its significance from the fact that the First Temple was destroyed upon this day by Nebuchadnezzar, and the Second Temple on the same day of the year by Titus. In addition it is said that on this day Yahweh decreed that those who left Egypt should not enter the land of promise; the day is also the anniversary of the capture of the city of Bether by the Emperor Hadrian. The fast of the seventh month (the 3rd day of Tishri) commemorates the murder of Gedaliah at Mizpah. That of the tenth month (10th day of Tebheth) commemorates the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar.
Other fasts and feasts no doubt were instituted on similar occasions and received a local or temporary observance, for example, the Feast of Acra (1 Maccabees 13:50-52; compare 1:33), to celebrate the recapture of Acra ("the citadel") on the 23rd of 'Iyar 141 B.C., and the Feast of Nicanor, in celebration of the victory over Nicanor on the 13th day of 'Adhar 160 B.C. (1 Maccabees 7:49).
Several other festivals are mentioned in the Talmud and other post-Biblical writings which may have been of even greater antiquity. The Feast of Woodcarrying (Midsummer Day: Nehemiah 10:34; Josephus, BJ, II, vii, 6; Meghillath Ta`anith c.v, p. 32, Mishna, Ta`anith 4 8a), for example, is referred to as the greatest day of rejoicing of the Hebrews, ranking with Atonement Day. It was principally a picnic day to which a religious touch was given by making it the woodgatherers' festival for the Temple. A New Year for trees is mentioned in the Talmud (Ro'sh ha-Shdnah 1 1). The pious, according both to the Jewish tradition and the New Testament, observed many private or semi-public fasts, such as the Mondays, Thursdays and following Monday after Nisan and Tishri (the festival months: Luke 18:12 Matthew 9:14; Matthew 6:16 Mark 2:18 Luke 5:33 Acts 10:30; Meghillah 31a; Ta`anith 12a; Bdbha' Qama' 8 2). The day before Passover was a fast day for the firstborn (Copherim 21 3).
In post-Biblical times the Jews outside of Palestine doubled each of the following days: the opening and closing day of Passover and Tabernacles and Pentecost, because of the capheq, or doubt as to the proper day to be observed, growing out of the delays in the transmission of the official decree of the Sanhedhrin in each season. Differences in hours of sunrise and sunset between Palestine and other countries may have had something to do at least with the perpetuation of the custom. New Year's Day seems to have been doubled from time immemorial, the forty-eight hours counting as one "long day."
Many new modes of observance appear in post-exilic times in connection with the old established festivals, especially in the high festival season of Tishri. Thus the cimchath beth ha-sho'ebhah, "water drawing festival," was celebrated during the week of Tabernacles with popular games and dances in which even the elders took part, and the streets were so brilliantly illuminated with torches that scarcely an eye was closed in Jerusalem during that week (Talmud, Chullin).
The last day of Tabernacles was known in Talmudic times as yom chibbuT `arabhoth, from the custom of beating willow branches, a custom clearly antedating the various symbolical explanations offered for it. Its festivities were connected with the dismantling of the booth. In later times the day was known as hosha`na' rabba', from the liturgical passages beginning with the word hosha`na', recited throughout the feast and "gathered" on that day. The day after Tabernacles has been made cimchath Torah, the Feast of the Law, from the custom of ending on that day the cycle of fifty-two weekly portions read in the synagogues.
In general it may be said that although the actual observance has changed from time to time to meet new conditions, the synagogal calendar of today is made up of the same festivals as those observed in New Testament times.
Ella Davis Isaacs
Feasts and Fasts
Feasts were Presided Over by a Master of Ceremonies
Feasts: (Instituted by Moses) by Jesus
Feasts: (Instituted by Moses) by Paul
Feasts: (Instituted by Moses): Aliens (Non-Jews) Were Permitted to Attend
Feasts: (Instituted by Moses): All Males Were Required to Attend
Feasts: (Instituted by Moses): Appointed Feasts
Feasts: (Instituted by Moses): Attended by Women
Feasts: (Instituted by Moses): Designated As Solemn Feasts
Feasts: (Instituted by Moses): Divine Protection Given During
Feasts: (Instituted by Moses): First and Last Days Were Sabbatic
Feasts: (Instituted by Moses): Holy Convocations
Feasts: (Instituted by Moses): Kept With Rejoicing
Feasts: (Instituted by Moses): Set Feasts
Feasts: Ancient Customs At: Men Alone Present At
Feasts: Celebrations by Birthdays
Feasts: Celebrations by Coronations
Feasts: Celebrations by National Deliverances
Feasts: Covenants Ratified By
Feasts: Dancing At
Feasts: Drunkenness At
Feasts: Given by Kings
Feasts: Guests Arranged According to Age
Feasts: Host Served
Feasts: Marriage Feasts Provided by the Bridegroom
Feasts: Men and Women Attend
Feasts: Music At
Feasts: Reclined on Couches
Feasts: Riddles Propounded At
Feasts: Served in One Dish
Feasts: Wine Served At
the Anniversary Feasts were a Time of Thankfulness
the Anniversary Feasts were Seasons of Christ Attended
the Anniversary Feasts were Seasons of Entertainments
the Anniversary Feasts were Seasons of Illustrative of General Assembly of the Church
the Anniversary Feasts were Seasons of Joy and Gladness
the Anniversary Feasts were Seasons of Rendered Unavailing by the Impiety of the Jews
the Anniversary Feasts were Seasons of Sacrificing
the Anniversary Feasts were Seasons of The Jews Dispersed in Distant Parts often Attended
the Anniversary Feasts were Seasons of The Ten Tribes Seduced by Jeroboam from Attending
the Anniversary Feasts: All Males to Attend
the Anniversary Feasts: Called: Appointed Feasts
the Anniversary Feasts: Called: Feasts of the Lord
the Anniversary Feasts: Called: Solemn Feasts
the Anniversary Feasts: Called: Solemn Meetings
the Anniversary Feasts: Children Commenced Attending, when Twelve Years Old
the Anniversary Feasts: Enumerated
the Anniversary Feasts: Females often Attended
the Anniversary Feasts: Instituted by God
the Anniversary Feasts: Offerings to Made At
the Anniversary Feasts: The Dangers and Difficulties Encountered in Going up To,
the Anniversary Feasts: The Jews Attended Gladly
the Anniversary Feasts: The Jews Went up To, in Large Companies
the Anniversary Feasts: The Land Divinely Protected During
The Feasts of Trumpets: A Holy Convocation and Rest
The Feasts of Trumpets: A Memorial of Blowing of Trumpets
The Feasts of Trumpets: Held the First Day of Seventh Month
The Feasts of Trumpets: Sacrifices At
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