Father’s Day and Mother’s Day Take on New Meaning. A Day for the Their Child to Follow

June 18, 2017


Since mother’s have a special day devoted to them upon whom are lavished kindly attentions, thoughtful gifts and considerate gestures, it is only fair that fathers should likewise have a special day devoted to their appreciation, right?  Besides, it takes a both a mother and a father to produce offspring.  While these special days appear to be harmless and of good nature—which to many they are just that, days to tell and show mothers and fathers just how loved and appreciated they are—the origins of such are not at all harmless and their establishment as national holidays are based on the same premise that a weekly religious “holy” day can and will be established, which is the child of Mother’s and Father’s Day.  


President Donald Trump, in keeping with the previous U.S. Presidents since 1972 has officially proclaimed June 18, 2017 as Father’s Day, stating, “Whether by birth, adoption, or foster care, today we honor the incredible fathers in our lives for all they have done and continue to do for us.  Fathers inspire us to better ourselves and to be men and women of outstanding character.  We recommit ourselves as individuals, families, and communities to promoting and supporting fatherhood, and take this day to express our love and appreciation for fathers across our country. NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America...do hereby proclaim June 18, 2017, as Father's Day...  I call on … the people of the United States to observe Father's Day with appropriate ceremonies.”[1]


Generally Mother’s Day receives much more attention than does Father’s Day, generates more consumer-spending and comes earlier in the year; for these reasons we will begin by briefly looking at the origins of Mother’s Day. As with all of the other major calendar holidays that trace their roots to paganism which were later “baptized” or “Christianized” by the Roman Catholic Church, Mother’s Day is no exception. It is therefore no coincidence that it is always held on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Taken from the History Channel’s website: “Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as ‘Mothering Sunday.’ Once a major tradition in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, this celebration fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was originally seen as a time when the faithful would return to their ‘mother church’ [Roman Catholicism]—the main church in the vicinity of their home—for a special service. Over time the Mothering Sunday tradition shifted into a more secular holiday, and children would present their mothers with flowers and other tokens of appreciation. This custom eventually faded in popularity before merging with the American Mother’s Day in the 1930s and 1940s.”[2] A second account provides more details and shows that the original intent of Roman Catholicism in borrowing symbols and traditions from Paganism is the exaltation, honor, and worship of Mary, Roman Catholicism’s goddess, as well as the veneration of the Roman Catholic Church.


 “The earliest history of Mothers Day dates back to the ancient annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses. The Greeks used the occasion to honor Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology. Ancient Romans, too, celebrated a spring festival, called Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess … Early Christians celebrated a Mother's Day of sorts during the festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent in honor of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ. In England the holiday was expanded to include all mothers. It was then called Mothering Sunday… Mothering Sunday was celebrated annually on the fourth Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter) to honor mothers. After a prayer service in church to honor Virgin Mary, children brought gifts and flowers to pay tribute to their own mothers.”[3]  While there is much more that could be shared on the pagan origins and Roman Catholic derivations of Mother’s Day, we shall now look at the much-less talked about Father’s Day and its origins, which are of course complementary to Mother’s Day.


History confirms that when pagan Mother’s Day celebrations were adopted by Roman Catholicism, they evolved into celebrations/idolization of the Virgin Mary.  Mary’s husband was the carpenter Joseph; therefore, since Mary is being exalted on Mother’s Day, when Roman Catholicism “Christianized” pagan celebrations of “fathers,” it was in exaltation of Saint Joseph. Consider the following:  “Father’s Day is always held on the third Sunday of June. This year the celebration will be on Sunday 18 June. In Catholic Europe and in a number of Latin American countries, it was celebrated on 19 March but some countries are switching over to the date in June…How did it start? The Catholic day to celebrate fatherhood dates back to the Middle Ages to tie in with the feast of St. Joseph…Over in the States, the date is marked as a public holiday. Lyndon Johnson first put the date on the public calendar in 1966 and it was officially declared a holiday by Richard Nixon in 1972.”[4]


Taking a deeper look into the Feast of St. Joseph, it must be noted that this “holy” feast day also traces its origins to paganism, which is not surprising considering Roman Catholicism’s intimate connection with paganism in every other particular. Here is a little more history on the feast: “Saint Joseph's Day is the Paternal Feast day for Poland as well as for Canada, persons named Joseph, Josephine, etc., for religious institutes, schools and parishes bearing his name, and for carpenters. It is also Father's Day in some Catholic countries, mainly Spain, Portugal, and Italy. March 19 was dedicated to Saint Joseph in several Western calendars by the 10th century, and this custom was established in Rome by 1479. Pope Pius V extended its use to the entire Roman Rite by his Apostolic Constitution Quo primum (July 14, 1570).”[5]


The one common denominator in Roman Catholic “holy” feast days such as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day is the veneration of the sun, and it must be noted that both Mother’s and Father’s Day always fall on Sunday. Another important evidence, of the Pagan nature of Father’s Day is its relation to the summer solstice—the longest day of the year.  If it does not fall directly on the summer solstice of a particular year, it is only a few days removed from it. In fact, in 2015, both events occurred the same day.[6]  The summer solstice also known as midsummer, is a highly celebrated event by pagans characterized by rituals, bonfires, feasting, dancing, revelry and the like. The summer solstice is highly honored by Roman Catholics as well because this is the day of the year that the sun reaches its highest position in the sky.  There is nothing so coveted by Roman Catholicism than regaining and retaining supreme authority; and the Church asserts that the “mark” of her authority is Sunday sacredness, because it is through her supposed transfer of solemnity from the Seventh day of the week, to the first, that she assumes supremacy.  The Sunday “holy” feast occurs every week, and is the most important “holy” day on the Roman Catholic Calendar and Popery is working behind the scenes to get this day recognized as a national federal holiday to be strictly enforced and adhered to.


It is interesting that the majority of legal Holidays observed in the United States coincide with Roman Catholic “Holy” days, which is the state enforcing recognition and observance of religious days, a union of church and state.  If the state can declare Roman Catholic “holy” days as national holidays, what will prevent them from declaring, not annual holidays but weekly Sunday holidays? Note that it is the same principle that allows for government declarations of national holidays that will open the way for the declaration of a National Sunday Law. By the way, some of the annual public holidays always fall on Sunday—Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day; and for the others that do not, they are connected with the equinoxes and solstices of the sun. 


Seventh-day Adventist pioneer Ellet Waggoner makes an excellent point regarding Roman Catholic observances such as St. Joseph’s day from which Father’s Day is derived: “The Bishop of Exeter, rebuking ‘unauthorised observances’ in his diocese, declared that there were a few who persist in the observance of Romish festivals, such as… St. Joseph's day, All Souls' day, and, as they term it, the Repose of the Mother of God, commonly called the Assumption; who bring bambinos into their churches at Christmastide and Epiphany, and who celebrate Requiem Masses for the Dead. It is not at all likely that the reproof will have any effect, as those who do these things are more logical than their Bishop. They follow-with the Bishop's approval-the ancient Catholic Church in the observance of many festivals, the Sunday included, which are unauthorised by the Scriptures, and will logically say that while observing these they cannot reasonably reject others instituted by the same authority.”[7] In other words, persons either must reject all Roman Catholic Holidays, or logically, accept them all, because they are all declared by the same authority, a point brought out by another Seventh-day Adventist pioneer, Alonzo Jones, “The 19th of March, the Feast of St. Joseph, will henceforth be officially recognized as a holiday in Portugal. So says the Catholic Review. But what of it? St. Patrick's day is officially recognized in New York; and Sunday, another popish day, is recognized nearly the world over.”[8]


Back to Mr. Trump’s Father’s Day proclamation; he stated that “Whether by birth, adoption, or foster care, today we honor the incredible fathers in our lives for all they have done and continue to do for us.” There are a few important considerations to ponder concerning the Roman Catholic connections to Father’s Day and individuals’ high regard for the Pope.  The Pope of Rome assumes the title of “Holy Father;” and not a few world leaders, most of which are not Roman Catholic, have addressed him thus, along with countless others who also do.  Furthermore, the word “pope” comes from the Latin papa, which means “father.” “The Pope is the Bishop of Rome, and thereby the world leader of the Catholic Church. The word comes from the Latin papa, which means “father.” He is also the head of the Vatican, the tiny, sovereign, city-state within Rome. The Catholic Church believes that he is the Apostle Peter’s successor and may speak infallibly, when he chooses to speak ex cathedra, which literally means ‘from the chair of St. Peter.’”[9] Putting it all together, Mother’s Day is in honor of the “blessed” mother, Mary, as well as the “Mother” Church, while Father’s Day exalts “father’ pope.  Through this union of “father” and “mother” comes the offspring, the child of the papacy, Sunday worship; and all the churches that accept Sunday as the Sabbath, the Lord’s Day, also become offspring, more specifically, daughters of Popery. Therefore the commandment enjoining honor of one’s father and mother takes on new meaning for those who have no understanding of God’s Word.




[1] https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/06/16/president-donald-j-trump-proclaims-june-18-2017-fathers-day


[2] http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/mothers-day




[4] http://metro.co.uk/2017/05/05/when-is-fathers-day-2017-day-to-celebrate-dads-is-in-june-6617096/





[6] https://www.space.com/29719-fathers-day-summer-solstice.html



[7] Waggoner, Ellet J. The Present Truth [UK], Volume 11, July 11, 1895, page 448.


[8] Jones, Alonzo T. The American Sentinel 8, September 21, 1893, page 296 


[9] http://blog.dictionary.com/pope-benedict-name/



[8] Jones, Alonzo T. The American Sentinel 8, September 21, 1893, page 296 

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