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Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

Almighty God, whose blessed apostles Peter and Paul glorified you by their martyrdom: Grant that your Church, instructed by their teaching and example, and knit together in unity by your Spirit, may ever stand firm upon the one foundation, which is Jesus Christ our...
Eastern Orthodox Easter

Eastern Orthodox Easter

Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem leads the Easter service at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre This year Eastern Orthodox Easter Day fell on 28 April. Western Easter Day was a week earlier, on 21 April. Both East and West follow the Nicene calculation: The first...
Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

In 1752 England and the British colonies in America upgraded from the Julian to the Gregorian Calendar. The day after 2 September 1752 was 14 September 1752. This removed days from the year to bring it back to the way the seasons were in 325AD when Christians first...
It’s Ordinary Time

It’s Ordinary Time

Sometimes you can patch together one great thing and another wonderful thing and make of the patched thing something appealing that works. At other times, when you patch two things together, you end up with a dog’s breakfast. When it comes to the calendar and...
Proclamation of Easter on Epiphany 2019

Proclamation of Easter on Epiphany 2019

We can once again this year make use of the ancient tradition of announcing the date of Easter on the Feast of the Epiphany. In the past, when calendars were not common, it clearly had functional value to give the date and feasts dependant on the date of Easter Day....