What pagan rituals do Christians and catholics follow because they think the rituals are Christian?

What pagan rituals do Christians and catholics follow because they think the rituals are Christian?

I know that Christmas, Easter, and Halloween are purr pagan, but what else?

  1. ~Gate~Apr 21, 2010

    What makes you think that no Christians are aware of Pagan history?

  2. gingerApr 21, 2010

    just those but for us the meanings are different so dont judge.

  3. MistyApr 21, 2010

    Rituals aren’t “owned” by any particular belief. Just because some pagan’s did things to the wrong gods doesn’t mean they own the practice.

    Take for instance animal sacrifices. Pagans did this to their false gods, but Jews did this to the right God. The practice of animal sacrifice was right when done for the right reason and offered up to the right God.

    Taking a pagan practice and offering it to God, makes the practice good.

  4. Yahoo! PrincessApr 21, 2010

    Halloween is not a Christian holiday.

  5. teacherintheroomApr 22, 2010

    Saying “christians and catholics” is redundant. Catholics are Christians. Anyone who follows the teachings of Christ is a Christ-ian.

    In the catholic church the importance of Mary has it’s roots in pagan tradition. In an effort to attract and convert more pagans, the Catholic church began to emphasize the importance of Mary in the hopes that pagans would identify better with a female image which was similar to their own beliefs

    Halloween is not a Christian ritual. It is a pagan ritual that a lot of societies havea adopted as a fun holiday for kids. The root of it is pagan in origin but it is not a ritual that is observed by the Christian faith.

    Christmas and Easter celebration are not pagan rituals either. They are Christian celebrations that take place at approximately the same time as pagan rituals. Again, this was done in an attempt to attract and convert pagans to Christianity. But the observations of the celebrations are not pagan.

  6. Rustic BApr 22, 2010

    Well, some of the “pagan rituals” that Jehovah’s Witnesses celebrate are wedding anniversaries, honeymoons, exchange of rings at a wedding, and graduation parties. Of course, I’m joking about that. In reality, the origins of a practice are less important than what it currently means to a person who is doing it. Having a Christmas tree, for example, is just a fun custom and in no ways involves worshiping the thing.

  7. worshipflheartApr 22, 2010

    Valentines Day

    the worship of Mary and the Saint (or just praying to them if it makes the Catholics feel better about calling it that rather than what it is)

    Sunday sabbath

    statues of Jesus, Mary and the saints / pictures of Jesus /

    God did warn of mixing worldly, pagan ritual with pure and holy worship
    if we worship Him we must do it in spirit and in truth- there is no truth to the pagan rooted rituals and observances

    teacherintheroom- you should take a lesson before teaching falsities – the rituals Christians practice for easter – sunrise service, coloring and hiding eggs, easter bonnet/ new dress are ALL pagan oriented and have meanings that have nothing to do with what they say they are observing- God gave a feast, pure perfect and holy to observe the death, burial and ressurection of Jesus, why replace it- Christmas also- this does not just happen to fall at the same time as a pagan holiday- it is saturated in paganism and about every ritual christians participate in for Christmas starting with bringing a dead tree into the house and ending with kissing under the mistletoe are all ever so ungodly and have nothing to do with the birth of Jesus.

  8. imacatholic2Apr 22, 2010

    + Christmas +

    Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, God the Son.

    The angel said to them,

    “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”

    And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:

    “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

    (Luke 2:10-14)

    Christmas is in no way a pagan holiday.

    No one knows the exact day when Jesus was born. If a date close to the winter solstice was chosen for Christmas to make conversion of pagans to Christianity easier then what is the harm of that? One could probably find a pagan holiday close to any date on the calendar.

    Christmas is celebrated by almost all Christian denominations not just Catholics.

    + Easter +

    The English word “Easter” relates to Estre, a Teutonic (German) goddess of the rising light of day and spring. No one seems to know why this English word was used for the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

    The great feast of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ was celebrated long before the unchristian English word “Easter” was first used. And the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is directly related to the Jewish feast of Passover going back to about 3,000 B.C.E.

    Most other languages use the Jewish/Christian word for “Passover” for the great celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ that English speakers call “Easter.”

    The Greek term for “Passover” is Páskha. It is the Aramaic form of the Hebrew pesach (meaning passover). Other languages:

    Afrikaans: Paasfees
    Albanian: Pashkët
    Breton: Pask Seder
    Catalan: Pasqua
    Chamorro: Pasgua
    Cornish: Pask
    Danish: Påske or Paaske
    Dutch: Pasen or Paschen
    Esperanto: Paskon
    Finnish: Pääsiäistä
    French: Pâques
    Galician: Pascuas
    Icelandic: Páska
    Indonesian: Paskah
    Italian: Pasqua
    Jèrriais: Pâques
    Latin: Pascha
    Norwegian: Påske
    Portuguese: Páscoa
    Scottish: Pask
    Sicilian: Pasqua
    Spanish: Pascuas
    Swahili: Pasaka
    Swedish: Påsk
    Welsh: Pasg

    Even in the German provinces of the Lower Rhine where the Teutonic goddess Estre had its origins, the people call the feast Paisken not Ostern.

    With love in Christ.

  9. wotsnextApr 22, 2010

    Sunday worship, sunrise services, partaking of a round flat wafer which not breaking bread together, but more symbolic of the sun and moon.
    Having priests to intercede and heirarchy.
    Having statues to worship
    cremating the dead…..
    being indiscriminating with music in worship and sometimes dance
    Having raffles and bingo…
    Having a woman priest standing in front of a congregation saying: “pray to whomever or whatever you know as God”

  10. CherApr 22, 2010

    Their Rituals are Christian, that is their Religion just like the Jews have their rituals or anyother religions why would it be such a big deal, let them believe in their God you believe in yours! It’s 2009, why do people make such a big deal over it except to bust someones chops when they should be learning about their own spirituality which if someone is constantly questioning someone elses that is one proof the asker is confused with thier own!!

    Christmas, Easter and Halloween is Christian they celebrate on their own dates for their own reasons, we have our original dates and we follow our own traditions as they do theirs they branched off from Paganism that does not mean people have to make such a big deal over it! Our Holidays is called Yule, Ostara/Eostar, and Samhain (hits Head)

    I think people need to read more about history, Christians did not take the holidays, it was Pagans that used Christianity to make other Pagans follow them after seeing it getting popular it was used for that purpose so we’re to blame also! (Old Roman Pagan History) bet that just boggled your mind!

  11. IT IS FINISHED!Apr 22, 2010

    NO rituals, ONLY the original True teachings of Jesus Christ! God Bless!

    imachatholic2: Uh, we are not to esteem one day as being above another! That’s just one of the many results of your false doctrine!

  12. Yoda82Apr 22, 2010

    how is Christmas, and easter pagan, we celebrating Jesus

    anywho, Well, i was shocked to hear this.

    Passover.

    apparently in ancient Egypt. The egyptian praised their wheat god, Osiris, by making him out of bread and they say that the bread becames the God.

    this is sort of like pass over, we have bread but it is in circles. However we believe that the bread is the body of christ.

    But God Moises to do the same thing for the last plague. And later on even Jesus the son of God did. how evil can it be? Jesus wouldn’t do anything that goes against his father.

    it is said to be a ritual to remind us of the exodus of egpyt like the bible says

    I hope no one leaves a Church thanks to this

    GOD BLESS, AND FORGET SCHOOL, STAY IN CHRUCH

  13. DaverApr 22, 2010

    CHRISTMAS
    Feast of the Nativity of Jesus Christ. In the early Church the feast was celebrated along with the Epiphany. But already in A.D. 200 St. Clement of Alexandria (150-215) refers to a special feast on May 20, and the Latin Church began observing it on December 25. The privilege of priests offering three Masses on Christmas Day goes back to a custom originally practiced by a pope who, about the fourth century, celebrated a midnight Mass in the Liberian Basilica (where traditionally the manger of Bethlehem is preserved), a second in the Church of St. Anastasia, whose feast falls on December 25, and a third at the Vatican Basilica. Many of the present customs in various countries are traceable to the Church’s Christianizing the pagan celebrations associated with the beginning of winter and the new year. (Etym. Anglo-Saxon Cristes Maesse, Christ’s Mass.)

    EASTER
    The day commemorating Christ’s Resurrection from the dead. It is the greatest of all Christian festivals, having the central place in the liturgical year. It is the Christian feast linked with the Jewish Pasch. The exultant Alleluia is constantly repeated in the Mass and Divine Office, the Vidi Aquam replaces the Asperges, and the Regina Coeli the Angelus. The Easter season continues from Easter Sunday to Trinity Sunday inclusive. (Etym. Anglo-Saxon Eastre, Teutonic goddess of dawn and spring.)

    Halloween, October 31st, is not a Catholic/Christian festival. The following day, All Saints Day on November 1st, is.
    ALL SAINTS – A feast now celebrated on November 1 as a holy day of obligation. It originated in the West in 609, when Pope Boniface IV dedicated the Pantheon to the Blessed Virgin Mary. At first celebrated in Rome on May 13, Pope Gregory III (731-41) changed the date to November 1, when he dedicated a chapel in honor of All Saints in the Vatican Basilica. Gregory IV later extended the feast to the whole Church.

  14. Abiyah TORAH FTWApr 22, 2010

    Old years eve, Auld lang syne, Christmas, Lent, Easter,Halloween etc
    all pagan festivals & many more I am sure.

  15. AncientApr 22, 2010

    The timing and fashion of celebrating Christ’s birth is wrong, but there is nothing pagan about celebrating the Nativity appropriately.

    Many Christians refuse the above term and call it Resurrection Day since they are NOT pagans. The timing for Resurrection Day is based upon the Passover, not any pagan reckoning. Obviously eggs, rabbits, etc. have nothing to do with the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ.

    Halloween is related to both Samhain and the Catholic All Saints’ Day. I don’t believe in venerating the saints or that the dead come back to speak to us so I have nothing to do with such personally.

    Some pre-Christian practices many follow in error:

    1. Wedding rings (New Testament against wearing ornaments)
    2. One wife only as a matter of law (Excepting ministers/bishops; the Romans were the only ancient people to practice such and many of them broke with their own tradition)
    3. Divorce (Christ only allowed for divorce in cases of adultery)
    4. Day Names (Our days are named after false gods)
    5. High Priest/Pope (Christ is our shepherd and King, also the only intercessor between man and God)
    6. Celebration of birthdays (In honor of a familiar spirit said to be attached to each newborn child)
    7. Piercings/Tattoos (We were told not to do such in the OT)
    8. Makeup (Modest apparel, chase conversation)
    9. Revealing clothing
    10. Veneration of Saints (Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me)
    11. Veneration of Icons ( ‘ ‘, idolatry)
    12. The Maypole
    13. Animal Sacrifices (Christ as the final sacrifice for sin)
    14. Witchcraft (God was pretty clear on that)
    15. New Revelations (Not until the end of days when God pours out His spirit upon the earth)

    May the Lord bless you and keep you always.

  16. shnoodlesApr 22, 2010

    Yule (December 21st)
    Samhain (October 31st)
    Beltane (May 1st)

    Christmas (Which is Four Days Later)
    Halloween
    May Bank Holiday

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