Christmass falls on a Sunday this year. Normally it does not. When it doesn’t Catholics and those closely related open their doors because it is a required Holy day of Obligation. In the past, non-Catholic Christians did not observe Catholic holy days.
This was found in the New York Daily Times on December 26th, 1865:
“The churches of the Presbyterians, Baptists and Methodists were not open on December 25 except where some mission schools had a celebration. They do not accept the day as a holy one, but the Episcopalian, Catholic and German churches were all open. Inside they were decked with evergreens.”
Boy, how things have changed. Tomorrow the same churches that closed their doors in the past on the Catholic Holy Day of Obligation will cancel their meetings to practice at home what they now consider a day of holy cultural obligation.
Our doors were closed on Dec 8th when the Catholics observed their holy day. Tomorrow our doors will be open when Protestants are at home observing their holy day. We do not keep a holy day. There will be no evergreens. There will be study of how to glorify God in this dispensation. You’re welcome to come!
For God’s glory,
Justin “doors open” Johnson