In 325 A.D. Roman Emperor Constantine I called the church to a council in Nicaea (modern day turkey). The primary purpose was to codify church doctrine and practice. Constantine himself presided over the opening of it and took part in the discussions and decisions. Pope Sylvester I did not even attend.
The church was very antisemitic calling Jews “Christ killers.” They wanted nothing to do with Jewish customs or the Biblical feasts. They wanted to distance themselves. They wanted everything to be uniquely “Christian” including all religious holidays. It was at this council, best known for the Nicene Creed, that the holidays of Christmas and Easter were established. Good Friday  .continue reading

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