Holy Days 2012

In common with widespread Christian practice, the Anglican Church observes the seasonal telling of our foundational narrative of God working through Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit. These seasons and their meanings are an important rhythm of our spiritual life and are one of the many reasons that a complete representation of the Faith requires regular attendance all year around. The thousands of years old observance of the church seasons celebrates God’s participation with us in time and immerses us again and again in our stories of faith, that we might move faithfully with God into the future. The church year begins with Advent, and is anchored in time on the days of Christmas and of Easter each year.

Date

Day

Advent: November 27 – December 24, 2011
November 27  Advent 1 We prepare  for Our Lord’s coming at Christmas.
December 21.  Saint Thomas the Apostle.
 
Christmas: December 25, 2011 – January 5, 2012
December 25. The Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Commonly known as Christmas. The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, in grace and truth.
December 26.  Saint Stephen, Deacon and Martyr.
December 27.  Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist.
December 28.  Holy Innocents.
December 29 Saint Thomas à Becket
January 1 The Feast of the Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Epiphany: January 6 – February 21
January 6   Epiphany. The Good News is made known to the Nations.
January 18  The Confession of St Peter the Apostle. I believe that Thou art the Christ.
January 25 Conversion of St Paul. Saul, Saul, why dost thou persecute me?
February 2 The Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple. Commonly known as Candlemas Day. Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace.
February 14 Saint Valentine
Lent: February 22 – April 7
February 21 Shrove Tuesday. 
February 22 Ash Wednesday. Lent Begins. We are reminded of our mortalities as we prepare for Easter.
March 1 Saint David of Wales
March 17 Saint Patrick, Bishop and Missionary.
March 19 Saint Joseph.
March 26 The Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lord Jesus Christ to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  My soul doth magnify the Lord.
April 1 Palm Sunday. The beginning of Holy Week  Our Lord enters into Jerusalem. Hosanna to the Son of David.
April 5  Maundy Thursday. Our Lord institutes the Sacrament of Holy Communion, and afterwards He is arrested in the Garden of Gethsamene. Take, eat. This is my Body.
April 6  Good Friday. Our Lord is tried before Pilate, and then dies on the Cross for the redemption of the world.
April 7 Holy Saturday. Our Lord lies in the tomb, awaiting the hour of His Resurrection.
 
Easter: April 8 – May 26 
April 8.  The Feast of the Resurrection. Commonly known as Easter Sunday. He is risen, the Lord is risen indeed! The Great Fifty Days begin.
April 23 Saint George
April 25 Saint Mark the Evangelist.
May 1 Saint Philip and Saint James, Apostles.
May 17 Ascension Day. Our Lord ascends into Heaven
Pentecost: May 27 – December 1
May 27 The Day of Pentecost. Also known as Whitsunday. The Holy Spirit descends on the disciples. He has sent us a comforter.
May 31 The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
June 3   Trinity Sunday. The Trinity season begins and lasts until the beginning of Advent.
June 11 Saint Barnabas the Apostle.
June 24 Saint John the Baptist.
June 29 Saints Peter and Paul.
July 23 Saint Mary Magdalene.
July 25 Saint James the Apostle
August 6. Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
August 15 Saint Mary the Virgin, Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
August 24 Saint Bartholomew the Apostle.
September 14 The Feast of the Holy Cross.
September 21 Saint Matthew the Evangelist and Apostle.
September 29  Saint Michael and All Angels.
October 8 Thanksgiving
October 18 Saint Luke the Evangelist.
October 23  Saint James of Jerusalem, Brother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and Martyr.
October 28 Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Apostles.
November 1 The Feast of All Saints. Let us all now praise famous men.
November 11 Remembrance. We will remember them.
November 25 The Feast of Christ the King
November 30 Saint Andrew the Apostle.
Advent: December 2 – December 24
December 2  Advent 1 We prepare for Our Lord’s coming at Christmas.
December 21 Saint Thomas the Apostle.
Christmas: December 25 – January 5
December 25. The Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Commonly known as Christmas. The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, in grace and truth.
December 26.  Saint Stephen, Deacon and Martyr.
December 27.  Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist.
December 28.  The Feast of the Holy Innocents.
December 29 Saint Thomas à Becket
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