- May 19, 2012
I've never learned much about these. I know Yeshua fulfilled the 1st 4 and will fulfill the last 4. How does one observe these feasts? Hoping people will help me learn.
A book I found very helpful on this subject is G.C. Willis's 'The Seven Feasts of Jehovah'. The full text is available online at STEM Publishing:
The helpful chart is available in an updated format online from Bible Truth Publishers:
Or, if you're like me and you prefer a physical book in your hands, it's available here:
If you're UK-based, I'm not sure where a physical copy can be obtained - I got my copy as a birthday present from my sister. I expect she ordered it from the States.
There are a few.I don't know that Christians "celebrate" any feasts per se. Messianic Jews do, and I guess the Pentecostals do too...at least Pentecost
Among the Orthodox, the particular feasts are usually held at the church after the liturgy. I have gone to some Paschal feasts that were held at the home of one of the well-to-do parishioners which had close to 200+ people show up (essentially the entire church). In general major feasts are more formal church affairs, where minor ones are usually at home or among friends. Feasts for particular saints are largely personal affairs for those who the saint means something special (for example my Patron Saint is the Prophet Elijah).
I'm referring to His feasts...biblical feastsThere are a few.
The Eastern Orthodox have 12 major feasts:
- September 8, the Nativity of the Theotokos
- September 14, the Exaltation of the Cross
- November 21, the Presentation of the Theotokos
- December 25, the Nativity of Christ/Christmas
- January 6, the Baptism of Christ — Theophany, also called Epiphany
- February 2, the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple
- March 25, the Annunciation
- The Sunday before Pascha (Easter) — the Entry into Jerusalem or Flowery/Willow/Palm Sunday
- Forty Days after Pascha (Easter) — the Ascension of Christ
- Fifty Days after Pascha (Easter) — Pentecost
- August 6, the Transfiguration
- August 15, the Dormition (Falling Asleep) of the Theotokos
The RCC Calendar is a bit more complicated, but we do have feast days.
Movable Feasts (Those That Do Not Fall on the Same Date Each Year):
Here's part of January as an example
- Jan 3rd Octave Day of St. John
- Jan 4th Octave Day of the Holy Innocents; St. Gregory of Langres
- Jan 5th Vigil of the Epiphany; Com. of St. Telesphorus
- Jan 6th The Epiphany of Our Lord
- Jan 7th Within the Octave of the Epiphany
- Jan 8th Within the Octave of the Epiphany
- Jan 9th Within the Octave of the Epiphany
- Jan 10th Within the Octave of the Epiphany
- Jan 11th Within the Octave of the Epiphany; Com. of St. Hyginus
- Jan 12th Within the Octave of the Epiphany
- Jan 13th Octave Day of the Epiphany
- Jan 14th St. Hilary of Poitiers; Com. of St. Felix of Nola
- Jan 15th St. Paul the first Hermit; Com. of St. Maurus
- Jan 16th St. Marcellus I
- Jan 17th St. Anthony of Egypt