Sabbath, Moon Mas and The Faithist Holidays
Sabbath Continues Every Friday
MOON PHASES and SOLSTICE (minutes are rounded to nearest whole number)
June 10 1:50 AM Eastern
June 10 12:50 AM Central
June 9 11:50 PM Mountain
June 9 10:50 PM Pacific
June 17 4:30 AM Eastern
June 17 3:30 AM Central
June 17 2:30 AM Mountain
June 17 1;30 AM Pacific
The Faithist Holiday: Summer SOLSTICE & Solar Old Years Day
June 21 11:50 AM Eastern
June 21 10:50 AM Central
June 21 9:50 AM Mountain
June 21 8:50 AM Pacific
The Faithist Holiday:
HOLY COMPACT DAY IS CELEBRATED
Information on this holiday follows below
The Faithist Holiday: Solar New Years Day
June 22 11:50 AM Eastern
June 22 10:50 AM Central
June 22 9:50 AM Mountain
June 22 8:50 AM Pacific
June 25 5:50 AM Eastern
June 25 4:50 AM Central
June 25 3:50 AM Mountain
June 25 2:50 AM Pacific
Dark of the Moon
July 2 3:20 PM Eastern
July 2 2:20 PM Central
July 2 1:20 PM Mountain
July 2 12:20 PM Pacific
HOLY COMPACT DAY
Records tell us it that in Philadelphia it was a long hot summer in 1787, the summer of the Constitutional Convention. The writing of our Constitution was undertaken by a group of 55 men who were under the inspiration of the angels who worked for the establishment of this country. Only 12 states sent representatives, as Rhode Island did not wish to participate in an activity which they considered "outside influence in their affairs”. You may recall that Rhode Island was founded by Roger Williams when he was driven out of Massachusetts because he was calling for greater political and religious freedom.
George Washington chaired this convention of spiritually inspired men. Benjamin Franklin was a prominent member whose suggestions were based upon successful Indian organizations in the New World such as the Iroquois League. James Madison became known as the "Father of the Constitution” because he wrote and spoke eloquently on many occasions urging the delegates to compromise their view points.
The discussions went on for days, as they worked through compromise after compromise between the various interest groups. One compromises brought about the two houses in the Congress: the House of Representatives made up of representation by actual population; and the Senate, where each state would be represented by 2 people. Today we realize the value of the two houses of Congress, but then it was a compromise solution to a problem.
Another basic principle of the Constitution developed through compromise was that States would have certain powers, and the central government would have certain powers. These powers were carefully defined in the Constitution; but, today this division of powers is still open to interpretation. Lawmaking approaches issues such as Civil Rights and Abortion from a view point of: Are these proposed laws States rights or the rights of the central government to decide?
An important compromise revolved around the Slave Trade. In Philadelphia in 1787 it was decided that Slave Trade would be prohibited in the United States after January 1, 1809.
The Declaration of Independence was signed and is still celebrated on July 4, 1776. The Constitution was signed September 17, 1787, and it took just three months for the first ratification, by the State of Delaware. Scarcely more than a year after the Convention convened, the Constitution became the law of the land with the ratification of it by the State of New Hampshire on June 21, 1788. New Hampshire was the 9th state to ratify. Rhode Island was the 13th state to ratify the Constitution, doing so in 1790.
Many states felt that the personal freedoms that had been fought for were not guaranteed, and so insisted that a section, now known as the Bill of Rights, be added before they would ratify the Constitution. James Madison proposed 12 Amendments to the Constitution for this purpose, and by December 15, 1791, 10 of them had been ratified to become the Bill of Rights. These 10 Amendments guaranteed among other things, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom of religious expression. The two amendments which did not pass had to do with the House of Representatives: limiting the number of Representative, and provisions for salary of elected officials. These three freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights have been continually challenged over the years. Even today we see that the guarantees of the Bill of Rights stand as the foundation of our country.
Our constitution has become the model for constitutional democracy all over the world. September 17th is celebrated as Constitution Day in the United States, the celebration of the day the Constitution was signed in Philadelphia. In OAHSPE we
are told to celebrate as a Sacred Day the date of the ratification of the Constitution, June 21st. Perhaps we should consider celebrating both days.
HOLY COMPACT DAY.
- As Jehovih, through His God, bequeathed to the children of Guatama a government unfettered by the name of God or Lord or Savior, so Jehovih sanctified the day of the ratification and the signing and sealing of His compact (American Constitution), as the Day of the Holy Seal.
- And the sign thereof He made, A hand holding a quill.
- Which shall be the master's sign of salutation in the lodge on the day and evening commemorating the same.
- And Jehovih made the answer to the master's sign, The holding up (by the member of the lodge) of a piece of paper,signifying, Constitution.
- Therefore it was said: The master saluted on the sign, Day of the Holy Seal,and the lodge answered in the sign, Constitution.
- And Jehovih said: Remember this day, and keep it holy, to the end of the world, for hereat was the beginning of the liberty of man!
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