(1) a meeting of a religious character as distinguished from congregation, which was more general, dealing with political and legal matters. Hence it is called an "holy convocation." Such convocations were the Sabbaths (Le 23:2-3), the Passover (Ex 12:16; Le 23:7-8; Nu 28:25), Pentecost (Le 23:21), the feast of Trumpets (Le 23:24; Nu 29:1), the feast of Weeks (Nu 28:26), and the feast of Tabernacles (Le 23:35-36). The great fast, the annual day of atonement, was "the holy convocation" (Le 23:27; Nu 29:7).
A calling together,' and always called 'holy.' The occasions called 'holy convocations' are specially given in Lev. 23 when the Feasts are recorded; they included the Sabbath, and ended with the Feast of Tabernacles. "These are the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord." Le 23:37. It occurs also in Ex 12:16; Nu 28:18,25-26; 29:1,7,12. The same Hebrew word is translated 'assemblies' in Isa 1:13; 4:5.