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“Holy Women, Holy Men” online

Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints is a revision of The Episcopal Church’s Lesser Feasts and Fasts, improving the biographies, choices of scripture, and composition of the collects. It also includes new commemorations authorised by the General Convention. The book includes the calendar, resources for the weekdays of Advent until the Baptism of Christ, the weekdays of Lent, and the weekdays of the Easter season. Each person being commemorated has an excellent, reliable one page biography, and a Trinitarian collect (to the first person of the Trinity, through Christ in the Spirit), as well as three readings, a psalm, and a proper preface. There are common resources, a six week daily thematic lectionary, and the two year daily eucharistic lectionary which (I need to examine this more closely to be certain) looks to be the same as used by the RC Church, and hence many others using a dialy eucharistic lectionary (NZ, CofE, ACC,…)

A pdf file of Holy Women, Holy Men is now available on the General Convention Office website, among the documents for the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music: [Update: this particular link is no longer active and so has been removed – links in the comments below lead to other ways to access this material online].

This is in response to Resolution A089 which, among other things, asked that “liturgical and musical resources be made widely available not only in print but also in electronic format on the internet.”

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13 thoughts on ““Holy Women, Holy Men” online”

  1. I knew the new book was coming out, but didn’t keep track of when. Since I create newsletters for some churches this is a tool I am looking forward to using soon!

  2. You can also follow the HWHM calendar and add your comments here:


    “We invite your reflections about this commemoration and its suitability for the official calendar and worship of The Episcopal Church. How did this person’s life witness to the Gospel? How does this person inspire us in Christian life today?

    To post a comment, your first and last name and email address are required. Your name will be published; your email address will not. The first time you post, a moderator will need to approve your submission; after that, your comments will appear instantly.”

    1. Thanks, Fr Kurt, I was unaware of that, so very helpful. This is exactly the sort of ventures that can be embarked on using the internet – we need to see a lot more of this sort of dialogue and it is great to see TEC leading the way.

  3. Evaonne F. Hendricks

    I went to the website to try to look at the online version of Holy Women, Holy Men, but i could only find the Spanish version. While my Spanish is pretty good, it isn’t THAT good! Do you have a link to the English version, so I can look it over?

    1. Greetings, Evaonne. Have you tried all the links in the comments above this one? There are a variety of ways to get to what you are looking for online. The searchable database by Trevor Richards (above) may be just what you find easiest. I hope that helps? Blessings.

  4. Evaonne F. Hendricks

    I went to the site that supposedly had a pdf file with the Holy Women, Holy Men online, and what I found were agenda items and resolutions or something, and one lone file, in Spanish, with the saints. I tried the database, which had a link–it sent me to the same site, on the same page. I’m not seeing this. I don’t know where you people are finding it, but I’m not!

    This is SO frustrating!


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