Category: Religion

  • How long does Advent last?

    How long does Advent last?

    Advent is a period in the Christian Church that precedes Christmas. Advent lasts for about four weeks. It begins on the fourth consecutive Sunday prior to Christmas Day and ends at dusk on December 24th, which is the midnight of Christmas Eve.

  • What age was Jesus Christ when he was baptized?

    What age was Jesus Christ when he was baptized?

    The exact age of Christ is not 100% certain. As we described in our other post about the estimated date of when Jesus was crucified, the most likely hypothesis is that Christ died at the age of 33. If we subtract 3 years, which is the time he was teaching, we can assume that Jesus…

  • “What gods did the Slavs believe in?”

    “What gods did the Slavs believe in?”

    One of the most important Slavic gods was Perun. He was the god of thunderstorms (the word “piorun” actually comes from the name Perun, not the other way around), similar to the Norse Thor or the Greek Zeus. It is known that he was worshipped in Rus – the Slavic religion in Polish territories might…

  • Where does the tradition of Palm Sunday come from?

    Where does the tradition of Palm Sunday come from?

    Palm Sunday is always celebrated a week before Easter – it marks the beginning of Holy Week. It is a movable feast in the Christian calendar, which can fall between March 15th and April 15th. Where did the tradition of blessing palms on this day come from? It is a commemoration of Jesus’ arrival in…

  • What is the Paschal Triduum?

    What is the Paschal Triduum?

    The word “triduum” comes from Latin and means “three days.” It is the most important period in the liturgical year of the Roman Catholic and Old Catholic Church. The purpose of the triduum is to reflect on the Paschal mystery, which includes the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ. The Paschal Triduum begins on Holy…

  • “Can alcohol be consumed on Good Friday?”

    “Can alcohol be consumed on Good Friday?”

    Good Friday is a day of reflection on the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. On this day, Catholics are obliged to observe strict, quantitative, and qualitative fasting. They are allowed to consume a maximum of three meals, including one full meal, and they must also abstain from eating meat. Can you drink alcohol…

  • “Is Eating Meat on Friday a Sin?”

    “Is Eating Meat on Friday a Sin?”

    Is eating meat on Fridays a sin? “Observe the prescribed fasts and abstain from eating meat, and in times of penance refrain from participating in festivities.” This was the fourth church commandment before the changes introduced a few years ago, in 2013. It applied to all periods of penance, including every Friday, and stated that…

  • ‘How many arms does a menorah have?’

    ‘How many arms does a menorah have?’

    Menorah is one of the oldest religious symbols still in use today. The description of this Jewish candelabrum can be found in the biblical Book of Exodus, dating back to approximately the 6th century BCE. It is commonly believed that the menorah is a seven-branched candelabrum. However, the Bible actually speaks of a six-branched candelabrum,…

  • ‘When was the Bible created?’

    ‘When was the Bible created?’

    To answer the question of when the Bible was created, it is necessary to first understand that the Bible is a collection of writings that were composed at various times. The authors of the Old and New Testaments lived in different time periods, sometimes separated by hundreds of years, and even individual parts of the…

  • Who is the author of the Holy Scriptures?

    Who is the author of the Holy Scriptures?

    According to the interpretation of the Church, the Holy Spirit is the direct author of the Holy Scripture, working indirectly through the people inspired by Him. There are many authors of various biblical books, who lived in different times. See: when was the Bible written? Many of them are not even known by name. This…

  • ‘How long does the Christmas Eve Mass last?’

    ‘How long does the Christmas Eve Mass last?’

    24 December is Christmas Eve and on this day a traditional Christmas Eve dinner is held, after which many Poles attend the midnight Mass. How long does the midnight Mass last? Generally, it is a regular Mass with the addition of singing carols. Due to the numerous carols and the reception of Holy Communion by…

  • “The Seven Holy Sacraments”

    “The Seven Holy Sacraments”

    7 Sacraments of the Holy Church, what are they? If you don’t remember from your religious studies, we are here to help. They were established by Jesus Christ and entrusted to the Church. According to the catechism, they are an effective sign of grace and encompass all the most important moments of a Christian’s life.…

  • “Where did Santa Claus come from?”

    “Where did Santa Claus come from?”

    In modern times, the image of St. Nicholas has become a permanent element of pop culture. It is hard to imagine the winter months without the image of a sympathetic bearded man in a red suit. Although St. Nicholas is usually depicted in a snowy landscape, he actually came from much warmer regions. Where did…

  • ‘Why Do We Decorate Christmas Trees?’

    ‘Why Do We Decorate Christmas Trees?’

    In some homes, Christmas trees are decorated on St. Nicholas Day, while in others, it is done on Christmas morning. It also happens that for some families, it doesn’t really matter which day in December the ornaments hang on the tree. Decorating a Christmas tree is considered one of the most popular Polish traditions. Have…

  • “Why do we kiss under the mistletoe?”

    “Why do we kiss under the mistletoe?”

    Currently, mistletoe is considered one of the most important Christmas decorations. But have you ever wondered where the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe comes from? What is mistletoe? Mistletoe is a shrub belonging to the sandalwood family. It is a semi-parasitic plant that thrives on trees. In the Polish tradition, mistletoe has many colloquial…

  • “Who invented Santa Claus? Was it Coca-Cola?”

    “Who invented Santa Claus? Was it Coca-Cola?”

    One of the most well-known controversies surrounding Christmas is the origin of the image of Santa Claus. Many people believe that the plump, rosy-cheeked old man with a white beard in a red and white costume was invented by Coca-Cola over 100 years ago. Was this really the case? The historical St. Nicholas and the…

  • Is Smoking a Sin?

    Is Smoking a Sin?

    Many religious smokers wonder if they are doing something wrong in light of the teachings of the Church. Is smoking a sin? Let’s find out. Is smoking cigarettes a sin? Although the Bible is the primary source of teachings for every Catholic, it does not address all aspects of life, especially those concerning the modern…

  • Can you receive communion if you have missed Mass?

    Can you receive communion if you have missed Mass?

    Holy Communion is one of the most important sacraments in the Catholic Church, which faithful should prepare for properly – including participating in Holy Mass. But what if a faithful person hasn’t been attending Mass recently? Can they still receive Communion if they missed Mass? The answer to the question above is complicated and depends…