In today’s post, consisting of assertiones 27 and 28, Hemmingsen distinguishes his view of Christian festivals from what he considers both gentile and Romanist perversions. Here, one can clearly see how he separates his advocacy for the edifying effect of the “memorials of the saints” from the “invocation of the saints,” which he believes to be idolatry.
As a side note, Hemmingsen likes to talk about the ἐπίβδα. He seems to have gotten it from his teacher, Philip Melanchthon. Thus in On the Law of Nature: A Demonstrative Method, after quoting Pindar’s fourth Pythian Ode and Melanchthon’s translation of it, he comments: “Ἐπίβδη [the day after a festival], which Philip calls postfestum [after the festival], is the day that follows some festival filled with banquets, at which men have made themselves merry and given themselves to liberally to drinking. When he says that this will be harsh–namely, because of drunkenness–he signifies that the result will be that those who have done badly will, at some point after the doing of their deeds, be tormented by the consciousness of their crims, and will pay the penalty” (166-7).