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Saints and Seasons

Index: February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November

Saints and Seasons was compiled in 2011 from notes written by the Revd Sue to introduce some of the heroes and occasions that mark the church year. Saints days are fixed and occur on the same date each year; festivals that relate to Easter, however, move with Easter: the months may or may not therefore correspond to the current year...

Saints and Seasons for January have not yet been compiled...
February begins with Candlemas, a traditional Christian festival that commemorates the ritual purification of Mary forty days after the birth of Jesus, and marks the presentation of the infant Jesus in the temple...
For March we have a Celtic theme, beginning with the well known St David, Patron Saint of Wales, followed by Chad, born in Northumbria but remembered as Bishop of Lichfield, and, of course, the unforgettable St Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland...
April's notes take us through the last few weeks of Lent and into Holy Week, introducing Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, the horrors of Good Friday, and ending, of course, with the glory of Easter Day...
During the month of May we discover the Apostles Philip, James and Matthias; we pray with Mother Julian of Norwich; we remember when Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist, met Mary the mother of Jesus; and we encounter a few others along the way...
This month we have a number of moveable feasts: rather than fall on a set date, these feasts — Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity and Corpus Christi — all occur in relation to Easter; and due to the lateness of Easter in 2011, they all fell in June...
July introduces us to some of the earliest Saints, including the Apostles Thomas and James and Mary Magdalene, but at the end of the month we take a sudden leap forward in time to the 16th Century to meet Ignatius of Loyola...
This month's celebrations include the Transfiguration of our Lord and the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and we encounter some saints and martyrs along the way...
In September we meet Gregory the Great, celebrate Holy Cross Day and learn to pray with Hildegard of Bingen...
This month we travel backwards in time, first meeting Francis of Assisi, Founder of the Friars Minor; then Edward the Confessor; and finally some of the Apostles...
This month we gave Sue a break to prepare for Advent and Christmas and it was Phil's turn instead with a book review — but not just any book: one rather for this time of year, which brings us out of the world of mediaeval saints into today's world, to meet some of the all too often forgotten saints and heroes of our own day...
Saints and Seasons for December have not yet been compiled...

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