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New Judeo-Christian Liturgical Calendar

Why? What Does It Mean? Why Is It Spiritually Important?

Originally Published in the year 2017


The purpose of this effort is to propose a true Christian Liturgical Calendar, which logically must include key pre-Babylonian Jewish Holy Days. The world keeps forgetting the reality that Jesus was a Jew who followed the Essene Calendar and not an adulterated (1) post-Babylonian calendar.

Therefore, a  true Christian Liturgical Calendar cannot be without those fundamental key pre-Babylonian Jewish Holy Days.


The pre-Babilonian Essene Calendar hinged on the day when the Spring Equinox took place.

The Essene Year starts at sundown of the first Tuesday after the Spring Equinox. However, if the Spring Equinox happens to fall after the sundown of a calendar Tuesday, the Essene Year will start after the sundown of the Tuesday of the following week.

The post-Babylonian Jews changed that and determined the beginning of the Jewish New Year on the Lunar calendar. (2)   

That is part of the adulteration of Judaism that Jesus spoke about, and lived surrounded by. Otherwise, His Last Passover Meal (what Christians erroneously refer to as "The Last Supper") (3) would have coincided with the Temple Masters' Passover Meal who were of the post-Babylonian Judaism school - a school which was clearly rejected by Jesus.


Let us now review the key pre-Babylonian Jewish Holy Days which should be observed by every Christian.

Definition of Key Jewish Holy Days

Rosh Hashanah
Sometimes translated as the Feast of Trumpets is the Jewish New Year. The biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah. It is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days. (4)

Passover or Pesach
Is an important biblically derived Jewish festival. The Jewish people celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses. It commemorates the story of the Exodus as described in the Hebrew Bible especially in the Book of Exodus, in which the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. (5)

Yom Kippur
Also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jewish people traditionally observe this holy day with an approximate 25 hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services. (6)

Also known as Feast of Tabernacles, is a biblical Jewish holiday commemorating the Exodus and the dependence of the People of Israel on the Will of God. (7)

Also known as the Feast of Weeks and as Pentecost in Ancient Greek, is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the entire nation of Israel assembled at Mount Sinai, although the association between the giving of the Torah and Shavuot is not explicit in the Biblical text. (8)

Those are the five Jewish Holy Days which were or should have been observed in pre-Babylonian Judaism. The observance of some of them were commanded by God, others, like Sukkot and Shavuot, whose observance should have been so logical that they did not need to be commanded by God for a faithful Jew to have observed them.

There is one more, a post-Babylonian and post-Greco Jewish Holy Day (yet, pre-Christian) which best symbolizes the Judaism-Christianity link:

Chanukah / Hanukkah
Also known as the Festival of the Lights. According to tradition as recorded in the Talmud, at the time of the rededication of the Temple there was very little oil left that had not been defiled by the Greeks. Oil was needed for the menorah (candelabrum) in the Temple, which was supposed to burn throughout the night every night. There was only enough oil to burn for one day, yet miraculously, it burned for eight days, the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of oil for the menorah. An eight day festival was declared to commemorate this miracle. (9)


What we have done, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit of God, is to match the observance of some of the pre-Babylonian Jewish Holy Days to the dates which correspond to the Life, Death and Resurrection of the One and Only Messiah - Yeshua, Whom we know as Jesus. Nonetheless, the pivotal point of all holy dates is the beginning of the Essene Year which, as we mentioned in the Background section, is determined as follows:

The Essene Year starts at sundown of the first Tuesday after the Spring Equinox. However, if the Spring Equinox happens to fall after the sundown of a calendar Tuesday, the Essene Year will start after the sundown of the Tuesday of the following week.

The Jewish Holy Days which are to be incorporated into the current Christian calendar, after making the appropriate corrections for their hinging of the start of the Essene Year, are:

Period of the Unleavened Bread
Is to be observed now from the sundown on the Tuesday of the Passover Meal until sundown of Holy Saturday (Resurrection).

Yom Kippur (atonement and repentance)
Is to be observed from sundown on the Tuesday of the Passover Meal until 3 PM of Holy Friday, when Yeshua expires on the cross for the salvation of humanity.

Sukkot (the freedom from slavery)
Are the seven days from sundown of Holy Saturday (Resurrection) until the sundown of the following Saturday - the Saturday prior to Sunday of Divine Mercy. In this period the Exodus is memorialized.

Shavuot (the delivery of the Ten Commandments by God to Moses)
Should be celebrated 50 days after Holy Saturday - on Pentecost Sunday.

Chanukah (when the oil for rededicated Temple's Menorah lasted eight days)
Should be celebrated on December 25th as we observe the dawn of the Light of the World - Jesus Christ. The celebration is to last for eight days which in Christianity is called the Christmas Octave.

Finally, as a reference point, and not necessarily as a religious celebration, the Rosh Hashanah (New Year) also deserves to be fixed in its proper place:

Rosh Hashanah
It makes perfect sense that "Rosh Hashanah", meaning "New Year", be celebrated at the beginning of the Essene year, which is in March - regardless of the fact that it goes against the custom of the adulterated post-Babylonian calendar, which celebrates the new year in September.


Henceforth, we will commence using the truly Christian Liturgical Calendar (10) starting January 1st, 2018, and invite all Christians to honor Yeshua in this manner as we joyfully await for His Return in Glory.

(1) Matthew 12:39, Matthew 16:4, Mark 8:38
(2) Source 1 and Source 2
(3) The real timing of Jesus' Last Passover, His Crucifixion and Burial
(4) Rosh Hashanah
(5) Passover
(6) Yom Kippur
(7) Sukkot
(8) Shavuot
(9) Chanukah/Hanukkah
(10) 2018 Judeo-Christian Liturgical Calendar

Related Documents

Definition of Key Jewish Holy Days and why some are being incorporated into Christian Liturgical Celebrations by miguel de Portugal

The real timing of Jesus' Last Passover, His Crucifixion and Burial

The Two Passovers in Jesus' Passion Week - An Inconvenient Truth?

The Samaritans and the Essenes – What kind of Judaism Jesus adhered?

Jesus, Mary and Joseph were Jews – All the Jews did not crucify Jesus – The Temple fanatics Did!

The Logical Day to Celebrate the Birth of the Messiah Is December 25th – A Judeo religious day of note since the Babylonian Exile

 Calendar for specific years:

Year 2017

Year 2018

Year 2019

Year 2020

Year 2021

Year 2022

Year 2023

Year 2024

Compact Calendar for the years 2016 - 2025

Originally Published in the year 2017 • Format improved and Rosh Hashanah issue clarified on September 1st, 2020

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