According to AmericanCatholic.org, Roman Catholics celebrate Christmas as part of the liturgical calendar under the Advent and Christmas seasons. A midnight mass beginning on Christmas Eve, continuing on Christmas Day marks the beginning of the celebration that leads up to the Epiphany. Roman Catholics traditionally do not put out decorations in celebration of Christmas until this time; however, gifts and a feast day on Christmas are customary.Continue Reading
The Advent season goes through Christmas Eve and is a time of reflection on the impending birth of the Christian religion’s Jesus Christ. Roman Catholics do not ornament homes until after Advent is over. The midnight mass on Christmas Day marks the end of Advent and the beginning of the celebration of the birth. Many Catholic families celebrate Christmas Day with a large meal and presents. The liturgical Christmas season lasts for 12 days, the 12 Days of Christmas. During this time, Roman Catholics focus on their own spiritual rebirth. There are also two additional feast days within the Christmas season. Some Roman Catholics even give gifts throughout the 12 days.
The Christmas season ends on Epiphany Sunday. The focus of the Epiphany season is on the blessings to the world from the birth of Christ. This season also prepares Roman Catholics for the upcoming Lenten season.Learn more about Christianity
Catholics can eat meat on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. However, prior to 1983, Catholics did have to fast and abstain from meat on Christmas Eve. This change was the result of the 1983 Code of Canon Law that eliminated this Catholic practice.Full Answer >
Roman Catholics use many different versions of the Catholic Bible. Which version of the Catholic Bible a person chooses to use is a personal decision. Some versions available include the New International, the King James, the Good News and the English Standard.Full Answer >
Christmas began as a celebration of the nativity story of Jesus in Rome in 354. It had been celebrated even earlier by Christians in the East, but they incorporated it into their Epiphany celebration on Jan. 6, which focused more on Jesus' baptism. The celebration of Christmas in Rome replaced the pagan solar festivals that occurred on Dec. 25.Full Answer >
The Catholic liturgical calendar marks days and seasons that are significant in the Catholic faith. It begins at the beginning of December, or end of November and ends on the feast of Christ the King. The calendar also instructs followers about which readings to use for each day.Full Answer >