By the fifth century A.D., the Roman Church ordered the birth of Messiah to be forever observed on December 25th. At the time of this decree, theRoman Church knew full well that the pagan religious cults throughout theRoman and Greek worlds celebrated the pagan sun god, Mithra, on this self same day. This winter festival was known as the Nativity of the Sun. It wasalso known in the Roman Empire as Saturnalia [another name for sunworship].
In 46 BC, when the Roman "Julian Calendar" wasadopted, December 24th was the shortest day of the year.Therefore, December 25th was the first annual day that daylight began to increase. Thus, the origin of the REBIRTH or AnnualBirthday of the Invincible SUN.In accordance with the Roman "Julian calendar," the"Saturnalia" festival appears to have taken place on December 17th; it was preceded by the "Consualia" near December 15th,and followed by the "Opalia" on December 19th. These pagancelebrations typically lasted for a week, ending just before thelate Roman Imperial Festival for "Sol Invictus" (Invincible Sun)on December 25th.In 1582 AD. Roman Catholic Pope Gregory the XIII caused thecurrent "Gregorian Calendar" to be adopted, in order toeliminate the solar time shift error introduced by the "JulianCalendar
"By December 1582 AD the shortest day of the year had shifted12 days on the Roman "Julian Calendar" to Wednesday,December 12, 1582
However, the Original December 25th 'Birth Date' was retainedfor all pagan Sun gods by the Roman "Saturnalia" and "SolInvictus" traditions
which were now called the "Twelve Daysof Christ Mass
"On the new Roman Catholic Gregorian calendar the shortestannual day was numerically shifted back 10 days to the 22nd of