Strange Practices enter the churches

Note: None of these practices have their roots in the Bible or the teachings of Christ! - All came from Sun Worship and Paganism.

1. Prayers for the dead, began about A.D. 300

2. Making the sign of the cross 300

3. Wax candles, about 320

4. Veneration of angels and dead saints, and use of images. 375

5. The Mass, as a daily celebration  394

6. Beginning of the exaltation of Mary, the term `Mother of God" first applied to her by the Council of Ephesus. 431

7. Priests began to dress differently from laymen 500

8. Extreme Unction 526

9. The doctrine of Purgatory, established by Gregory I  593

10. Latin language, used in prayer and worship, imposed by Gregory I 600

11. Prayers directed to Mary, dead saints and angels, about. 600

12. Title of pope, or universal bishop, given to Boniface III by emperor Phocas 607

13. Kissing the pope's foot, began with pope Constantine 709

14. Temporal power of the popes, conferred by Pepin, king of the Franks  750

15. Worship of the cross, images and relics, authorized in . 786

16. Holy water, mixed with a pinch of salt and blessed by a priest 850

17. Worship of St. Joseph 890

18. College of Cardinals established  927

19. Baptism of bells, instituted by pope John XIII 965

20. Canonization of dead saints, first by pope John XV 995

21. Fasting on Fridays and during Lent 998

22. The Mass, developed gradually as a sacrifice, attendance made obligatory in the 11th century  1050

23. Celibacy of the priesthood, decreed by pope. Gregory VII (Hildebrand) 1079

24. The Rosary, mechanical praying with beads, invented by Peter the Hermit 1090

25. The Inquisition, instituted by the Council of Verona 1184

26. Sale of Indulgences 1190

27. Transubstantiation, proclaimed by pope Innocent III  1215

28. Auricular Confession of sins to a priest instead of to God, instituted by pope Innocent III, in Lateran Council  1215

29. Adoration of the wafer (Host), decreed by pope Honorius III 1220

30. Bible forbidden to laymen, placed on the index of Forbidden Books by the Council of Valencia 1229

31. The Scapular, invented by Simon Stock, an English monk 1251

32. Cup forbidden to the people at communion by Council Constance 1414

33. Purgatory proclaimed as a dogma by the Council of Florence 1439

34. The doctrine of Seven Sacraments affirmed 1439

35. The Ave Maria (part of the last half was completed 50 years later and approved by pope Sixtus V at the end the 16th century) -1508

36. Jesuit order founded by Ignatius Loyola 1534

37. Tradition declared of equal authority with the Bible by the Council of Trent 1545

38. Apocryphal books added to the Bible by the Council Trent 1546

39. Creed of pope Pius IV imposed as the official creed 1560

40. Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, proclaimed by pope Pius IX 1854

41. Syllabus of Errors, proclaimed by pope Pius IX, and ratified by the Vatican Council. The Syllabus condemned freedom of religion, conscience, speech, press, and scientific discoveries which are disapproved by the Roman Church. It asserted the pope's temporal authority over all civil rulers 1864

42. Infallibility of the pope in matters of faith and morals, proclaimed by the Vatican Council 1870

43. Public Schools condemned by pope Pius XI. 1930

44. Assumption of the Virgin Mary (bodily ascension into heaven shortly after her death), proclaimed by pope Pius XII. 1950

45. Mary proclaimed Mother of God, by pope Paul VI .... 1965

Add to these many others: Monks - nuns - monasteries - convents - forty days Lent - holy week - Palm Sunday - Ash Wednesday - All Saints day - Candlemas day - fish day - meat days - incense - holy oil - holy palms - Christopher medals - charms - novenas - and still others. What next? Mary as Mediatrix (our Mediator), and as Co-redemptrix (Our Redeemer).