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How was medieval Easter celebrated?

Medieval Easter was way more important than Easter is today. Two reasons. One was the celebration of the resurrection of Christ and the other was the rebirth of the countryside. In feudal rural societies – never far from starvation –…

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Templar secret initiation rites – the truth

For centuries, it’s been alleged that the Knights Templar had secret initiation rites through which a young man joined this order of holy warriors. Some allege the Templars used rituals from the Cathar heresy – a variant of Christianity condemned…

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Templars digging under the Temple of Solomon!

Go to Jerusalem today and you’ll see the remains of the Second Temple – largely built by King Herod. That’s the king who allegedly massacred all the baby children in his realm on hearing that the Messiah had been born….

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San Nicola Carcere – church built on three temples!

I was in Rome last month and discovered a Christian church built in the Middle Ages over not one – but THREE pagan temples! San Nicola Carcere is a medieval church at ground level but go into the crypt and…

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English churches transformed since the Knights Templar era

How English churches have radically transformed since the Knights Templar with the removal of rood screens and whitewashing of walls

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Good Friday at the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

Good Friday 2012 found Tony McMahon in the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem watching as Easter pilgrims came into worship where Jesus was crucified

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Good Friday – explained in a procession in Portugal

Good Friday is always acted out in a procession during the feast of Our Lady of Agony in Viana do Castelo in northern Portugal

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Who invented the crib of Jesus and nativity scene?

My Irish grandmother used to usher myself and my sister into her room at Christmas to show off her nativity set. There was the crib of Jesus centre stage, Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, three kings and a couple of…

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Does the Nativity story make any sense?

Tony McMahon investigates the inconsistencies in the Nativity Story that forms the basis of our traditional Christmas narrative

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How the devil was once a handsome fellow!

The devil wasn’t always ugly but was once the most handsome of the angels. So, Tony McMahon asks, how did he get to be such a monster?

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