I have been asked to provide suggestions towards revising our church calendar. The Common Life Liturgical Commission of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia received my motion to review the calendar. They set in motion adding five names to the calendar:

August 8 Mary MacKillop, Teacher, 1909
August 16 Brother Roger of Taize: Encourager of Youth, 2005
September 5 Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Missonary of Charity, 1997
November 22 C.S. Lewis, Apologist, 1963
December 10 Thomas Merton, Spiritual Writer, 1968

Now they have asked that I present a revision of the calendar. I suggest starting this month by month in consultation, starting, as the motion suggests, from our current calendar, and holding alongside that the Celebrating Eucharist additions (added a decade later), as well as the more recent Common Worship calendar (another decade later). Please send me any further additions and suggestions – they can be put in the comments box below. I will choose to publish from what is sent here. Do not send anonymous comments. You can follow comments (and posts) by the Entries Feed and Comments Feed at the bottom of the page. Clearly I am interested in any material, particularly Maori and Polynesian enrichment. Please add some information, dates, a possible “title” (eg. “Marty of Uganda”, 1977), and even some reason why you are submitting this name.

The Calendar for February in the New Zealand Prayer Book – He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa

1 Brigid of Ireland, Abbess, c.525
2 The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
3 Anskar, Archbishop of Hamburg, Missionary to Denmark and Sweden, 865
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5 The Martyrs of Japan, 1597
6 Waitangi Day
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10
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14 Cyril, 869, and Methodius, 885, Missionaries to the Slavs
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16 Alternative date for The Holy Innocents (28 December)
17 Janani Luwum, Archbishop, Martyr of Uganda, 1977
18 Martin Luther, 1546, and other Reformers of the Church
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20 The Saints and Martyrs of Africa
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22 The Confession of St Peter
23 Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, Martyr, c.156
24 St Matthias the Apostle
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27 George Herbert, 1633, and all saintly Parish Priests
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The Calendar in Celebrating Eucharist has the following suggested additions for February:

4 Gilbert of Sempringham, Founder of the Gilbertine Order, 1189
10 Scholastica, Religious, Italy, 534
14 Valentine, Martyr at Rome, 269

The February Common Worship Calendar is:

(Principal Feasts and other Principal Holy Days are printed in bold; Festivals are printed in roman typeface; other Sundays and Lesser Festivals are printed in ordinary roman typeface, in black. Commemorations are printed in italics.)

1 Brigid, Abbess of Kildare, c.525
2 The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)
3 Anskar, Archbishop of Hamburg, Missionary in Denmark and Sweden, 865
4 Gilbert of Sempringham, Founder of the Gilbertine Order, 1189
6 The Martyrs of Japan, 1597
10 Scholastica, sister of Benedict, Abbess of Plombariola, c.543

14 Cyril and Methodius, Missionaries to the Slavs, 869 and 885
14 Valentine, Martyr at Rome, c.269
15 Sigfrid, Bishop, Apostle of Sweden, 1045
15 Thomas Bray, Priest, Founder of the SPCK and the SPG, 1730

17 Janani Luwum, Archbishop of Uganda, Martyr, 1977
23 Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, Martyr, c.155
27 George Herbert, Priest, Poet, 1633

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