We will come back to the study of Passover and how it related to Jesus in a later article. For now, I wish to look at some man-made church traditions not found in the Bible. The traditions were started by the roman Catholic Church in 325 A.D. at the Council of Nicaea called by the converted Roman emperor Constantine. Several traditions resulted from this, including Lent, Easter, Good Friday, and Christmas.

Lent is the period of  40 days before Passover. It starts with Ash Wednesday, the placing of ashes upon one’s body representing repentance.  This reflects an Old Testament practice of “sackcloth and ashes” as a serious act of repentance to God due to some specific event. .continue reading

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