Holy Days 2013

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: December 2 – December 24, 2012
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
2013
January 1 The Feast of the Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Epiphany: January 6 – February 12
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 12 Shrove Tuesday.
Lent: February 13 – March 30
February 13 Ash Wednesday. Lent Begins. We are reminded of our mortalities as we prepare for Easter.
February 14 Saint Valentine
March 1 Saint David of Wales
March 17 Saint Patrick, Bishop and Missionary.
March 19 Saint Joseph.
March 24 Palm Sunday. The beginning of Holy Week Our Lord enters into Jerusalem. Hosanna to the Son of David.
March 28 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.
March 29 Good Friday. Our Lord is tried before Pilate, and then dies on the Cross for the redemption of the world.
March 30 Holy Saturday. Our Lord lies in the tomb, awaiting the hour of His Resurrection.
Easter: March 31 – May 18
March 31 The Feast of the Resurrection. Commonly known as Easter Sunday. He is risen, the Lord is risen indeed! The Great Fifty Days begin.
April 8 The Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lord Jesus Christ to the Blessed Virgin Mary. My soul doth magnify the Lord.
April 23 Saint George
April 25 Saint Mark the Evangelist.
May 1 Saint Philip and Saint James, Apostles.
May 9 Ascension Day. Our Lord ascends into Heaven
Pentecost: May 19 – November 30
May 19 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.
May 26 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 1 Canada Day. ‘Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law …’
July 22 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 14 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.
October 31 All Hallow’s Eve. Hallowe’en – the eve of the Feast of All Saints.l
November 1 The Feast of All Saints. Let us all now praise famous men.
November 11 Remembrance. We will remember them.
November 24 The Feast of Christ the King
November 30 Saint Andrew the Apostle.
Advent: December 1 – December 24
December 1 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 Becket
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