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“Endure unto the End in the Way of Life”: The Collect for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

I’m late with this again this week, but here is the Collect for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany from the Order for Worship of the Reformed Church in the United States. It is quite a bit different from the prayer for the same week found in The Book of Common Prayer. The Collect in […]

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Zanchi on Festivals (5)

In today’s post, Zanchi deals with the second type of licit festivals: those instituted by men with the consent of the church. As examples, he points to Purim (Esther), as well as to Hanukkah, the origin of which is recounted in 1 Maccabees.  Zanchi notes that these festivals, although not instituted by direct divine command, […]

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Zanchi on Festivals (4)

Today we move onto the second quaestio, now that Zanchi has established that festivals, as a matter of natural law, are appropriate not only for the church of the Old Testament, but also of the New Testament. That second question is: which ones? In answering the question, Zanchi makes a very important distinction, viz., that […]

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Zanchi on Festivals (3)

Zanchi continues his comparison of gentile, Christian, and Jewish festivals, drawing on Festus for what he has to say about the gentiles.  Christians festivals are like those of the gentiles in some respects, but not in others. For instance, Zanchi does not believe that “games” (ludi, a term that included all kinds of spectacle in […]

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Zanchi on Festivals (1)

In clearing out some old papers, I came across something I had meant to do here, but didn’t get around to it; so I’m doing it now. That “something” is a series on an interesting bit of Girolamo Zanchi’s commentary on Colossians: an excursus De Festis (“On Festivals”) in his comments on Col. 2.17. I’m […]

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“That Clearer and More Blessed Vision”: Machen and Vos on Festival Seasons

At various points, we’ve discussed the celebration of Christmas and other holidays in various sectors of the Reformed tradition, including among some conservative Presbyterians in the nineteenth century, as well as time-keeping more generally. The same favorable attitude we see in Hodge continues into the twentieth century. J. Gresham Machen Thus J. Gresham Machen, the […]

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Calvin, the Lord’s Day, and the Liberty of the Church

Though it triggers some Presbyterians to say so out loud, John Calvin was not a Sabbatarian. He did have a strict Sunday practice (and thus he most likely did not go lawn bowling on that day…), but this was always explained as a matter of human and not divine law. In fact, Calvin argues that […]

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“Let No One Judge You in Food and Drink” (4)

We come now to the final section of Niels Hemmingsen’s comments on Col. 2.16-17, which contains a disquisition on Christian festivals. The passage below contains the seventh of Hemmingsen’s regulae and some concluding observations. Text SEVENTH, the Emperor Constantine established the following rule concerning the Lord’s Day: those placed in the countryside should attend to the […]

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“Let No One Judge You in Food and Drink” (3)

Here is part 3 of our exposition of Hemmingsen’s comments on Col. 2.16-17, in which we look at rules (regulae) 4-6 that ought to govern Christian observance of festivals. Text FOURTH, the Jewish sabbath was a type and figure of Christians’ spiritual sabbath, which indeed ought to be perpetual, as Isaiah 66 teaches. This sabbath […]