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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...
Is Christmas Pagan?

Is Christmas Pagan?

Around the end of last year, I was pointed to an article, “Do the Gospels borrow from Pagan myths?”. It reminded me of the regular contention around this time that Christmas is essentially a pagan celebration. It’s usually said by a Christmas Grinch,...
The Incarnation Changes Everything

The Incarnation Changes Everything

Whether you regard the Christmas Season as concluding on Christmas Day, Epiphany, the Baptism of the Lord, Candlemas, the Sunday following Candlemas, or are Orthodox, or Armenian, and celebrate the Incarnation on another day and see the season differently… this is a...
Baptism of Christ

Baptism of Christ

The following collect may draw from shared traditions (see commentary). It is my reworking of a collect by Cranmer for Christmas, and I am suggest it for the First Sunday in Ordinary Time (January 13), celebrating Christ’s baptism for my Book of Prayers in...
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....