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Immanuel and St Andrew

The Parish Church of Immanuel and St Andrew, Streatham

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Saints' Days and Holy Days

Page 5 of a Guide to the Christian Year

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Saints' Days and Holy Days

As well as the Seasons, and the Feasts and other Holy Days associated with them, there are individual days throughout the year on which we remember particular people, teachings or events which are not connected with any particular season. All Saints' Day and St Stephen's Day are examples that have been mentioned on other pages.

There are special days - known as Festivals - on which we remember the great saints, such as the Apostles, like St Peter, and the Evangelists (Gospel writers), like St Mark, and days to remember particular topics or events such as the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8). There are also many Lesser Festivals and Commemorations when we remember other events and people who are less prominent in the Church's history, but whose lives and work are valued and can teach us something important.

Festivals, Lesser Festivals and Commemorations occur throughout the year as many of them are the days the particular saint died or some other important event occurred. Sometimes they clash with major Feasts or Holy Days, or fall within important parts of the Seasons, and have to be "transferred" to another day. Few churches observe all of them - individual churches are allowed to be be selective with the Lesser Festivals and Commemorations they keep.

All churches are expected to celebrate what are known as the Principal Feasts - most of them mentioned above - which are Christmas Day, the Epiphany, the Presentation, The Annunciation of Our Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Easter Sunday, the Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday and All Saints' Day, and to observe the Principal Holy Days - Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

Read on to next page - Colours for different seasons (p6)


Author's note. The material above and on the associated pages has been written with the prime purpose of helping members of Immanuel and St Andrew's to understand church teaching and practice. However, the information given is entirely the responsibility of the the author, David Gray, and does not necessarily reflect the view of all members of the Ministry Team or PCC (Parochial Church Council). Corrections and comments are, of course, welcome!

Copyright David Gray 2007

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Page last updated 17 October 2007.

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Introduction - Seasons? What seasons? (p1)

The Seasons around Christmas
Advent, Christmas and Epiphany (p2)

The Seasons around Good Friday and Easter
Lent, Passiontide, Holy Week and Easter (p3)

"Ordinary" Time (p4)

Saints' Days and Holy Days (p5)

Colours for different seasons (p6)

Worship and Teaching Programme
"Seasons of the Spirit"

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