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These come under three main headings:(1) Sundays, the weekly commemoration of the Resurrection.(2) movable feasts. The most important are Easter, the annual commemoration of the Resurrection, and Whitsunday (q.v.). Certain other feasts vary with the date of Easter.(3) immovable feasts. The earliest were probably the anniversaries of martyrs, to which other saints' days were added later. By the 4th cent. various fixed feasts of the Lord, notably Christmas and the Epiphany, became generally observed.

(1) Sundays, the weekly commemoration of the Resurrection.

(2) movable feasts. The most important are Easter, the annual commemoration of the Resurrection, and Whitsunday (q.v.). Certain other feasts vary with the date of Easter.

(3) immovable feasts. The earliest were probably the anniversaries of martyrs, to which other saints' days were added later. By the 4th cent. various fixed feasts of the Lord, notably Christmas and the Epiphany, became generally observed.

See also festum; memoria; Solemnitas; and year, liturgical.

Subjects: Christianity.


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