Yahweh - The proper name of the God of Israel. The name Yahweh was used to express the nature of God, while other names stressed His various attributes. Yahweh is called the “tetragrammaton” from the four consonants YHWH employed in the Hebrew. It was God’s name as it was revealed to Moses, and was translated by the writers of the Septuagint as Kyrios, Lord. God’s proper name was “I am who am”, but Israel was to address Him, Yahweh, “He is”. This expresses God’s absolute and unchangeable Being in all His perfection.
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Year, Ecclesiastical - The year which begins on the first Sunday of Advent and is the start of the Christmas cycle which includes Advent, Christmas, and the Epiphany. Next follows the Easter cycle and includes Lent, Easter and Pentecost. Each cycle includes a period of preparation for a big feast (Advent and Lent), the feast itself (Christmas or Easter) and a following season (Epiphany and Pentecost). The chief movable feasts of the Church are governed by the date on which Easter falls each year. In 325 the Council of Nicaea fixed Easter Sunday as the first Sunday which occurs after the first full moon on or after March 21st. Consequently, Easter may vary from March 22 to April 25.
© Fireside New American Bible


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