Saturday, 7 March 2015

Calendar for Shropesyre

Ideally, this should have been completed prior to last session’s running. I had a moment of panic when I thought I had made the PCs sin unwittingly by having them consume full meals during Lent, but upon recalculation of the differences between our Gregorian Calendar and the Julian Calendar which they would have been using, the time of year in which the session took place would have come a bit ahead of the date I originally thought. I can now say with confidence and significant relief that the current date is the early morning of 18 February, and Lent will just commence. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Bold capitals indicate crucial holidays, in which missing church service would be unthinkable. For holidays in bold type, it's strongly recommended unless one has a very good excuse. In other case

This table enabled the calculation of Movable Feasts for the 49th Year of the Reign of Edward III.  

  • 1 Feast of the Circumcision of the Christ
  • 2 Feast of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory of Nazianzus
  • 5 Plough Monday, when work resumes and Plough Guild asks contributions
  • 13 Feast of St Hilary of Poiters and Commemoration of St Mungo
  • 17 Feast of St Antony of Egypt (patron of basket and brush makers)
  • 19 Feast of St Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester
  • 21 First Feast of St Agnes of Rome (patron of betrothed couples, virgins, rape victims)
  • 24 Feast of St Timothy
  • 25 Feast of the Conversation of Paul the Apostle (weather on this day is harbinger for the coming year)
  • 26 Feast of St Polycarp
  • 28 Second Feast of St Agnes of Rome
  • 1 Feast of St Ignatius of Antioch
  • 2 FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD (Candlemas) (end of epiphany season; blessing of votive candles in the church)
  • 4 Feast of St Gilbert of Sepringham
  • 14 Feast of St Valentine
  • 17 Shrove Tuesday
  • 18 Ash Wednesday, commences Lent Current Game Day
  • 25 Feast of Matthias the Apostle
  • 1 Feast of St David, Patron of Wales
  • 2 Feast of St Chad of Mercia
  • 7 Feast of St Thomas Aquinas and commemoration of Saints Perpetua and Felicity
  • 12 Commemoration of St Gregory the Great
  • 19 Feast of St Joseph
  • 21 Commemoration of St Benedict of Nursia/Spring Equinox
  • 25 FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION (Lady Day); official New Year
  • 26 Maundy Thursday (washing beggars’ feet and giving them clothing)
  • 27 GOOD FRIDAY & Paschal Full Moon
  • 29 EASTER SUNDAY; Mystery Play on the Great Flood
  • 30 Hock Monday
  • 31 Hock Tuesday
  • 1 All Fools’ Day; parades of tricksters
  • 21 Feast of St Anselm
  • 23 Feast of St George, Patron of England
  • 24 Commemoration of St Mellitus & Translation of Relics of St Wilfrid
  • 25 Feast of Mark the Evangelist
  • 1 May Day/Feast of the Apostles Philip and James
  • 2 Feast of St Athanasius
  • 3-6 Rogation Days: prayer and fasting; litanies of saints; ‘beating the bounds’
  • 16 Pentecost Eve; day of fasting
  • 17 PENTECOST (First Novena)
  • 19 Feast of St Dunstan (patron of gold and silver smiths, locksmiths, musicians)
  • 20 Feast of St Alcuin
  • 24 TRINITY SUNDAY, Feast of the Holy Trinity
  • 26 Feast of St Augustine
  • 28 (Thursday) Festival of Corpus Christi with mystery plays
  • 1 Feast of Justin Martyr 
  • 11 Feast of Barnabas the Apostle
  • 22 Feast of St Alban, first martyr of Britain
  • 23 St John’s Eve; evening bonfires for Midsummer Day
  • 24 Nativity of the Forerunner
  • 29 Feast of the Apostle Peter
  • 30 Feast of the Apostle Paul
  • 2 Feast of the Vissitation (Friars Minor)
  • 7 Translation of St Thomas Becket
  • 15 Feast of St Swithun (patron of weather)
  • 22 Feast of St Mary Magdalene (patron of apothecaries, tanners, reformed women)
  • 25 Feast of the Apostle James
  • 26 Feast of Saint Anne
  • 1 Lammas; consecration of first loaves from ripe grain
  • 2 Feast of St Dominic (Friars Preacher)
  • 6 The Transfiguration of Our Lord
  • 12 Feast of St Clare (Poor Clares)
  • 15 Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady
  • 24 Feast of the Apostle Bartholomew; blessing of mead
  • 28 Feast of St Augustine
  • 29 The Beheading of John the Baptist (fast day)
  • 8 Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady; official beginning of harvests and related celebrations
  • 14 The Exaltation of the Holy Cross (beginning of monastic winter)
  • 19 Commemoration of Theodore of Canterbury
  • 21 Feast of the Apostle Matthew
  • 29 Michaelmas/Beginning of Autumn; first wheat and rye harvest
  • 30 St Jerome’s Memorial
  • 4 (Sunday) Dedication Festivals & Feast of St Francis
  • 10 Feast of St Paulinus of York
  • 11 Commemoration of James the Deacon & St Æthelburh of Barking
  • 12 Feast of St Wilfrid of Ripon
  • 13 Feast of St Edward the Confessor
  • 18 Feast of Luke the Evangelist (patron of artists, physicians, surgeons)
  • 25 Festival of the Martyrs Crispin and Crispinian (patrons of leather workers, weavers)
  • 26 Feast of King Alfred the Great
  • 28 Feast of the Apostles Simon and Jude
  • 31 All Hallow’s Eve; vigil of All Saints’ Day (bonfires, chestnut roasting, apples)
November (‘Blood Month’, time of salting and curing meat for winter)
  • 2 Commemoration of All Faithful Departed
  • 11 Martinmas; commence fasting for Quadragesima Sancti Martini until Christmas
  • 16 Commemoration of St Edmund of Abingdon
  • 17 Commemoration of St Hugh (patron of sick people, swans)
  • 19 Commemoration of St Hilda
  • 20 Feast of Edumnd the Martyr
  • 22 Music Festival of St Cecillia
  • 23 Commemoration of the First Apostolic Father
  • 25 Feast of St Catherine of Alexandria (patron of craftsmen who work with a wheel)
  • 29 (Sunday) ADVENT; for penitence before Christmas
  • 30 Feast of the Apostle Andrew (patron of fishermen, fish mongers and rope makers)
  • 6 Feast of St Nicholas; nuns leave donations at doorsteps of needy in evening
  • 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • 21 Feast of Thomas the Apostle (Winter Solstice; festival of light)
  • 22 (Sunday) Celebration of Christ the King
  • 25 CHRISTMAS DAY; all grain harvests finished by this day
  • 26 Commemoration of the Protomartyr Stephen; bleeding of livestock
  • 27 Feast of the Apostle John
  • 28 Feast of the Holy Innocents/Children’s Mass
  • 29 Feast of St Thomas Becket

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