ASCENSION: It is celebrated on the fortieth day after the feast of the resurrection, on a Thursday. Be Bold: Volunteering With Wycliffe in Retirement, Overcoming 6 Common Concerns of Serving in Missions, Shop the Wycliffe Gift Catalog: 5 Gift Ideas that Bring Hope. Although they didn’t know it at the time, the children of Israel were celebrating what would become a very important day. What a day that will be! Loading... Save. The believers practice fasting, sometimes for almost two months (Great Lent), in preparation for the feasts in order to realize that their joy is based on their communion with God and not on the matter of eating, drinking and material desires. Passover (1st), (14th) Unleavened Bread (1st), (15th-21st) Firstfruits or . The Feasts of the LORD – Leviticus 23. 7. Wycliffe is an interdenominational, non-sectarian, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit mission organization, and a charter member of the ECFA.© Wycliffe Bible Translators. He often used to say, “Why do we struggle with an unpleasant face? 1. Thus, she connects the three feasts in one whole unity. By this rite, the Church stresses her preoccupation with the Passion and Crucifixion of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 15:20 Paul refers to Jesus as the first fruits of the dead. He attracted many to the ascetic life as a source of inward joy and heartfelt satisfaction in our Lord Jesus. 'These are the feasts of the Lord, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times. Jacob Mansi Saturday August 12th, 2017 Deacons. The Lord himself was with the Israelites in the desert, in a tented temple called the tabernacle, so the feast also celebrates his presence as he tabernacles (dwells) with us. St. Jerome informs us about an abbot called Apollo who was always smiling. Why do we celebrate so many wonderful feasts in our church ? THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD. 23:27-32. Finally, in Epiphany, He offered us what is His own. Not only does he remove our sins, he nourishes our souls! On this feast, the church chants hymns, rejoicing in the resurrection of Christ, His ascension and the dwelling of His Holy Spirit in her. Tabernacles (Sukkot). PASSOVER. The church relates and joins the feasts to the ascetic life. 8-day period. Sabbath Year Feasts: Every 7 th year was designated a Sabbath year of the Lord in which the land "rested." 6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord; seven days you must eat unleavened bread. If the 7 Sacred Feasts are a blueprint for God’s plan of salvation then we are presently in the period of “the long summer harvest”, and the laborers in God’s vineyard are gathering souls into God’s storehouse of heaven. At the end of the liturgy of the Eucharist, a general funeral service is held in which water is sprinkled on anyone who might die during the Holy Week, since the regular funeral prayers are not conducted during this week. But it befits the righteous and the saints to be joyful and pleasant, since they enjoy spiritual gifts.” This attitude is reflected in church worship, art and all aspects of life, so that it seems as if the Church life is a continuous, unceasing feast. In other words, every single feast was really about one of the major works that Jesus would perform. 3-In which Coptic month & date is the Nativity feast celebrated? * The 3 pilgrim Feasts: every Israelite male, 13 years or older, must present himself to Yahweh three times a year at the Temple in Jerusalem at the Feast of Unleavened Bread (the 7 day feast following the Passover sacrifice), the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), and at the Feast of Tabernacles (Booths). THE THEOPHANY OR THE BAPTISM OF CHRIST (Tuba 11, c. January 19): It is connected with the feasts of Nativity and Circumcision. The feast of Unleavened Bread begins on the 15 th of Nisan and lasts for seven days. 23:15-22. In a beautiful declaration God commands his people to rest. The obligations for the Sabbath year are found in Exodus 23:10-11; Leviticus 25:1-7; 18-22; and Deuteronomy 15:1-11: the land must be "at rest" and cannot be sown nor can vines be pruned for a year. Its … 5 On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the Lord's Passover. See Exodus 23:14-17 & Deuteronomy 16:16. Revelation 19:9 says, “Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb” (NLT). That arrival was the day the Church was born — Pentecost — and the harvest began with 3,000 souls. 4 These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons. When I was a kid, the white-washed walls of a doctor’s waiting room pointed to only one thing: checking out the “Where’s Waldo?” book. The Feasts of the Lord provided visual aids for the Jewish people. The Nativity of Christ (Christmas) on Kayhk 29, c. January 7: It is preceded by a fast of 43 days. But the richness of God’s Word is that it often reveals a deeper truth if you know where to look. Wavesheaf (1st), (16th) Pentecost (3rd), (50. th. However, hiding in plain sight was the promise of one who could atone for their sins permanently (Hebrews 9:12). THE FEAST OF THE RESURRECTION: It is preceded by the Great Lent (55 days) and is considered by the Coptic Church as “The Feast.” Its joy continues for fifty days until Pentecost. Pope Athanasius the Apostolic tells us in a paschal letter that Christ is our Feast. THE FEAST OF PASSOVER: 5 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’S passover. The first and last days of the seven day feast are identified as holy convocations or high Sabbaths. This seven-day feast begins on the day following the start of Passover. Forget “Home and Garden” or “People” magazines — my eyes eagerly searched for the familiar time-waster of trying to find Waldo in the midst of the messy crowd. “attach your answer in a separate sheet, write your name and submit it in the Deacons corner box at the information board by the front desk”, ©2020 Coptic Orthodox Church of Archangel Michael & St. Tekla, 12091 Hurontario St, Brampton, ON L6Z 4P8, The Church of Archangel Michael and Saint Tekla. PENTECOST: It represents the birthday of the Christian Church. And if you have heard the Good News from the New Testament and received Jesus as your Savior, Old Testament prophecies and symbolism provide further proof and assurance that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God. As a day of humility and repentance to God, it was a time for the Jews to get their hearts, consciences and lives right before him. Even with this small glimpse into these feasts, we see his intentional love for humanity has endured centuries, and he has left us clues that foreshadow the beauty that is to come. 4. When the Israelites observed the feasts they were in a sense putting on plays that celebrated Jesus. 7. The Feasts of the Lord provided visual aids for the Jewish people. All rights reserved. The Old Testament has many hidden truths that, in light of the New Testament, bring a richer understanding to your life in Jesus Christ. Join our worldwide prayer team for those awaiting and translating Scripture! Discover the clues that God left for Israel and for people today to find his son! Financially partner in Bible translation. The priests sacrificed Passover lambs on the 14th day of the month of Nisan, and the first day of Passover was the 15th. day from . THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD: 6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. For the Jews of his time, understanding the Old Testament was key to discovering that Jesus is their promised Messiah. The necessity of the Day of Atonement was rendered void by Jesus’ death on the cross — our debt has been paid! It occurs exactly seven weeks after the Feast of First Fruits, so it’s also called Pentecost which means “50 days.” Traditionally, people were expected to bring the first harvest of grain to the Lord including two leavened loaves of bread.