I always get a religious calendar from my local church every year. I was brought up Catholic, and I just like to know what is going on that particular day.
Anyways, one thing that has vexed me ever since I saw it as a child. Every important feast day, like Christmas now for example, has an “octave”. 8 days, naturally. But why? What happens in the octave? What happens when it is over? I know the Christmas season ends with the Baptism of Our Lord. So it isn’t that.
Today, for example, is the second day in the octave of Christmas. What does that mean?
Thank you in advance for dispelling my ignorance:).