Common Worship texts

  Holy Days
     
     
    In the printing of the Calendar, 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.
     
     
    January  
     
1
  The Naming and Circumcision of Jesus
2
  Basil the Great and Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishops, Teachers of the Faith, 379 and 389
2
  Seraphim, Monk of Sarov, Spiritual Guide, 1833
2
  Vedanayagam Samuel Azariah, Bishop in South India, Evangelist, 1945
6
  The Epiphany
10
  William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1645
11
  Mary Slessor, Missionary in West Africa, 1915
12
  Aelred of Hexham, Abbot of Rievaulx, 1167
12
  Benedict Biscop, Abbot of Wearmouth, Scholar, 689
13
  Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, Teacher of the Faith, 367
13
  Kentigern (Mungo), Missionary Bishop in Strathclyde and Cumbria, 603
13
  George Fox, Founder of the Society of Friends (the Quakers), 1691
17
  Antony of Egypt, Hermit, Abbot, 356
17
  Charles Gore,Bishop, Founder of the Community of the Resurrection, 1932
18-25
  Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
18
Amy Carmichael, Founder of the Dohnavur Fellowship, spiritual writer, 1951 
19
  Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester, 1095
20
  Richard Rolle of Hampole, Spiritual Writer, 1349
21
  Agnes, Child Martyr at Rome, 304
22
  Vincent of Saragossa, Deacon, first Martyr of Spain, 304
24
  Francis de Sales, Bishop of Geneva, Teacher of the Faith, 1622
25
  The Conversion of Paul
26
  Timothy and Titus, Companions of Paul
28
  Thomas Aquinas, Priest, Philosopher, Teacher of the Faith, 1274
30
  Charles, King and Martyr, 1649
31
  John Bosco, Priest, Founder of the Salesian Teaching Order, 1888
     
     
     February  
     
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
     
     
    Alternative dates
    Matthias may be celebrated on 24 February instead of 14 May.
       
       
     March  
     
1
  David, Bishop of Menevia, Patron of Wales, c.601
2
  Chad, Bishop of Lichfield, Missionary, 672
7
  Perpetua, Felicity and their Companions, Martyrs at Carthage, 203
8
  Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln, 1910
8
  Felix, Bishop, Apostle to the East Angles, 647
8
  Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, Priest, Poet, 1929
17
  Patrick, Bishop, Missionary, Patron of Ireland, c.460
18
  Cyril, Bishop of Jerusalem, Teacher of the Faith, 386
19
  Joseph of Nazareth
20
  Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindisfarne, Missionary, 687 
21
  Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, Reformation Martyr, 1556
24
  Walter Hilton of Thurgarton, Augustinian Canon, Mystic, 1396         
24
  Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, Martyr, 1980
24 
  Paul Courturier, Priest, Ecumenist, Peacemaker, 1958 
25
  The Annunciation of Our Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary
26
  Harriet Monsell, Founder of the Community of St John the Baptist, 1883
31
  John Donne, Priest, Poet, 1631
     
     
    Alternative dates
    Chad may be celebrated with Cedd on 26 October instead of 2 March.
    Cuthbert may be celebrated on 4 September instead of 20 March.
       
       
     April  
     
1
  Frederick Denison Maurice, Priest, Teacher of the Faith, 1872
9
  Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Lutheran Pastor, Martyr, 1945
10
  William Law, Priest, Spiritual Writer, 1761
10
  William of Ockham, Friar, Philosopher, Teacher of the Faith, 1347
11
  George Augustus Selwyn, first Bishop of New Zealand, 1878
16
  Isabella Gilmore, Deaconess, 1923
19
  Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr, 1012
21
  Anselm, Abbot of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher of the Faith, 1109          
23
  George, Martyr, Patron of England, c.304
24
  Mellitus, Bishop of London, first Bishop at St Paul's, 624
24
The Seven Martyrs of the Melanesian Brotherhood, Solomon Islands, 2003 
25
  Mark the Evangelist
27
  Christina Rossetti, Poet, 1894
28
  Peter Chanel, Missionary in the South Pacific, Martyr, 1841
29
  Catherine of Siena, Teacher of the Faith, 1380
30
  Pandita Mary Ramabai, Translator of the Scriptures, 1922
       
       
     May  
     
1
  Philip and James, Apostles
2
  Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, Teacher of the Faith, 373
4
  English Saints and Martyrs of the Reformation Era             
8
  Julian of Norwich, Spiritual Writer, c.1417  
14
  Matthias the Apostle
16
  Caroline Chisholm, Social Reformer, 1877          
19
  Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, Restorer of Monastic Life, 988
20
  Alcuin of York, Deacon, Abbot of Tours, 804          
21
  Helena, Protector of the Holy Places, 330
24
  John and Charles Wesley, Evangelists, Hymn Writers, 1791 and 1788
25
  The Venerable Bede, Monk at Jarrow, Scholar, Historian, 735          
25
  Aldhelm, Bishop of Sherborne, 709       
26
  Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, 605     
26
  John Calvin, Reformer, 1564   
26
  Philip Neri, Founder of the Oratorians, Spiritual Guide, 1595
28
  Lanfranc, Prior of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, Scholar, 1089
30
  Josephine Butler, Social Reformer, 1906  
30
  Joan of Arc, Visionary, 1431    
30
  Apolo Kivebulaya, Priest, Evangelist in Central Africa, 1933
31
  The Visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth
     
     
    Alternative dates
    Matthias may be celebrated on 24 February instead of 14 May.
    The Visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth may be celebrated on 2 July instead of 31 May.
       
       
     June  
     
1
  Justin, Martyr at Rome, c.165
3
  The Martyrs of Uganda, 1885-7 and 1977
4
  Petroc, Abbot of Padstow, 6th century
5
  Boniface (Wynfrith) of Crediton, Bishop, Apostle of Germany, Martyr, 754
6
  Ini Kopuria, Founder of the Melanesian Brotherhood, 1945
8
  Thomas Ken, Bishop of Bath and Wells, Nonjuror, Hymn Writer, 1711
9
  Columba, Abbot of Iona, Missionary, 597   
9
  Ephrem of Syria, Deacon, Hymn Writer, Teacher of the Faith, 373
11
  Barnabas the Apostle
14
  Richard Baxter, Puritan Divine, 1691
15
  Evelyn Underhill, Spiritual Writer, 1941
16
  Richard, Bishop of Chichester, 1253
16
  Joseph Butler, Bishop of Durham, Philosopher, 1752
17
  Samuel and Henrietta Barnett, Social Reformers, 1913 and 1936
18
  Bernard Mizeki, Apostle of the MaShona, Martyr, 1896
19
  Sundar Singh of India, Sadhu (holy man), Evangelist, Teacher of the Faith, 1929
22
  Alban, first Martyr of Britain, c.250
23
  Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely, c.678
24
  The Birth of John the Baptist
27
  Cyril, Bishop of Alexandria, Teacher of the Faith, 444
28
  Irenæus, Bishop of Lyons, Teacher of the Faith, c.200
29
  Peter and Paul, Apostles
     
     
    Alternative dates
    Peter the Apostle may be celebrated alone, without Paul, on 29 June.
       
       
     July  
     
1
  Henry, John, and Henry Venn the younger, Priests, Evangelical Divines, 1797, 1813 and 1873
3
  Thomas the Apostle
6
  Thomas More, Scholar, and John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, Reformation Martyrs, 1535
11
  Benedict of Nursia, Abbot of Monte Cassino, Father of Western Monasticism, c.550
14
  John Keble, Priest, Tractarian, Poet, 1866
15
  Swithun, Bishop of Winchester, c.862
15
  Bonaventure, Friar, Bishop, Teacher of the Faith, 1274
16
  Osmund, Bishop of Salisbury, 1099
18
  Elizabeth Ferard, first Deaconess of the Church of England , Founder of the Community of St Andrew, 1883
19
  Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa, and his sister Macrina, Deaconess, Teachers of the Faith, c.394 and c.379 
20
  Margaret of Antioch, Martyr, 4th century 
20
  Bartolomé de las Casas, Apostle to the Indies, 1566
22
  Mary Magdalene
23
  Bridget of Sweden, Abbess of Vadstena, 1373
25
  James the Apostle
26
  Anne and Joachim, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary
27
  Brooke Foss Westcott, Bishop of Durham, Teacher of the Faith, 1901
29
  Mary, Martha and Lazarus, Companions of our Lord
30
  William Wilberforce, Social Reformer, Olaudah Equiano and Thomas Clarkson: Anti-Slavery Campaigners, 1833, 1797, 1846
31
  Ignatius of Loyola, Founder of the Society of Jesus, 1556
     
     
    Alternative dates
    The Visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth may be celebrated on 2 July instead of 31 May.
    Thomas the Apostle may be celebrated on 21 December instead of 3 July.
    Thomas Becket may be celebrated on 7 July instead of 29 December.
       
       
    August  
     
4
  Jean-Baptiste Vianney, Curé d'Ars, Spiritual Guide, 1859
5
  Oswald, King of Northumbria, Martyr, 642
6
  The Transfiguration of Our Lord
7
  John Mason Neale, Priest, Hymn Writer, 1866
8
  Dominic, Priest, Founder of the Order of Preachers, 1221
9
  Mary Sumner, Founder of the Mothers' Union, 1921
10
  Laurence, Deacon at Rome, Martyr, 258
11
  Clare of Assisi, Founder of the Minoresses (Poor Clares), 1253
11
  John Henry Newman, Priest, Tractarian, 1890
13
  Jeremy Taylor, Bishop of Down and Connor, Teacher of the Faith, 1667
13
  Florence Nightingale, Nurse, Social Reformer, 1910
13
  Octavia Hill, Social Reformer, 1912
14
  Maximilian Kolbe, Friar, Martyr, 1941
15
  The Blessed Virgin Mary
20
  Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, Teacher of the Faith, 1153
20
  William and Catherine Booth, Founders of the Salvation Army, 1912 and 1890
24
  Bartholomew the Apostle
27
  Monica, mother of Augustine of Hippo, 387
28
  Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, Teacher of the Faith,430
29
  The Beheading of John the Baptist
30
  John Bunyan, Spiritual Writer, 1688
31
  Aidan, Bishop of Lindisfarne, Missionary, 651
     
     
    Alternative dates
    The Blessed Virgin Mary may be celebrated on 8 September instead of 15 August.
       
       
     September  
     
1
  Giles of Provence, Hermit, c.710
2
  The Martyrs of Papua New Guinea, 1901 and 1942
3
  Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, Teacher of the Faith, 604
4
  Birinus, Bishop of Dorchester (Oxon), Apostle of Wessex, 650
6
  Allen Gardiner, Missionary, Founder of the South American Mission Society, 1851
8
  The Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary
9
  Charles Fuge Lowder, Priest, 1880
13
  John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, Teacher of the Faith, 407
14
  Holy Cross Day
15
  Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, Martyr, 258
16
  Ninian, Bishop of Galloway, Apostle of the Picts, c.432
16
  Edward Bouverie Pusey, Priest, Tractarian, 1882
17
  Hildegard, Abbess of Bingen, Visionary, 1179
19
  Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury, 690
20
  John Coleridge Patteson, First Bishop of Melanesia, and his Companions, Martyrs, 1871
21
  Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
25
  Lancelot Andrewes, Bishop of Winchester, Spiritual Writer, 1626
25
  Sergei of Radonezh, Russian Monastic Reformer, Teacher of the Faith, 1392
26
  Wilson Carlile, Founder of the Church Army,1942
27
  Vincent de Paul, Founder of the Congregation of the Mission (Lazarists), 1660
29
  Michael and All Angels
30
  Jerome, Translator of the Scriptures, Teacher of the Faith, 420
     
     
    Alternative dates
    Cuthbert may be celebrated on 4 September instead of 20 March.
     
     
     October  
     
1
  Remigius, Bishop of Rheims, Apostle of the Franks, 533
1
  Anthony Ashley Cooper, Earl of Shaftesbury, Social Reformer, 1885
3
George Bell, Bishop of Chichester, Ecumenist, Peacemaker, 1958 
4
  Francis of Assisi, Friar, Deacon, Founder of the Friars Minor, 1226
6
  William Tyndale, Translator of the Scriptures, Reformation Martyr, 1536
9
  Denys, Bishop of Paris, and his Companions,Martyrs, c.250
9
  Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln, Philosopher, Scientist, 1253
10
  Paulinus, Bishop of York, Missionary, 644
10
  Thomas Traherne, Poet, Spiritual Writer, 1674
11
  Ethelburga, Abbess of Barking, 675
11
  James the Deacon, companion of Paulinus, 7th century
12
  Wilfrid of Ripon, Bishop, Missionary, 709
12
  Elizabeth Fry, Prison Reformer, 1845
12
  Edith Cavell, Nurse, 1915
13
  Edward the Confessor, King of England, 1066
15
  Teresa of Avila, Teacher of the Faith, 1582
16
  Nicholas Ridley, Bishop of London, and Hugh Latimer, Bishop of Worcester, Reformation Martyrs, 1555
17
  Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, Martyr, c.107
18
  Luke the Evangelist
19
  Henry Martyn, Translator of the Scriptures, Missionary in India and Persia, 1812
25
  Crispin and Crispinian, Martyrs at Rome, c.287
26
  Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons, Scholar, 899
26
  Cedd, Abbot of Lastingham, Bishop of the East Saxons, 664
28
  Simon and Jude, Apostles
29
  James Hannington, Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa, Martyr in Uganda, 1885
31
  Martin Luther, Reformer, 1546
     
     
    Alternative dates
    Chad may be celebrated with Cedd on 26 October instead of 2 March.
       
       
     November  
     
1
  All Saints' Day
2
  Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls' Day)
3
  Richard Hooker, Priest, Anglican Apologist, Teacher of the Faith, 1600
3
  Martin of Porres, Friar, 1639
6
  Leonard, Hermit, 6th century
6
  William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher of the Faith, 1944
7
  Willibrord of York, Bishop, Apostle of Frisia, 739
8
  The Saints and Martyrs of England
9
  Margery Kempe, Mystic, c.1440
10
  Leo the Great, Bishop of Rome, Teacher of the Faith, 461
11
  Martin, Bishop of Tours, c.397
13
  Charles Simeon, Priest, Evangelical Divine, 1836
14
  Samuel Seabury, first Anglican Bishop in North America, 1796
16
  Margaret, Queen of Scotland, Philanthropist, Reformer of the Church, 1093
16
  Edmund Rich of Abingdon, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1240
17
  Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln, 1200
18
  Elizabeth of Hungary, Princess of Thuringia, Philanthropist, 1231
19
  Hilda, Abbess of Whitby, 680
19
  Mechtild, Béguine of Magdeburg, Mystic, 1280
20
  Edmund, King of the East Angles, Martyr, 870
20
  Priscilla Lydia Sellon, a Restorer of the Religious Life in the Church of England, 1876 
22
  Cecilia, Martyr at Rome, c.230 
23
  Clement, Bishop of Rome, Martyr, c.100
25
  Catherine of Alexandria, Martyr, 4th century
25
  Isaac Watts, Hymn Writer, 1748
29
  Day of Intercession and Thanksgiving for the Missionary Work of the Church
30
  Andrew the Apostle
       
       
    December  
     
1
  Charles de Foucauld, Hermit in the Sahara, 1916
3
  Francis Xavier, Missionary, Apostle of the Indies, 1552
4
  John of Damascus, Monk, Teacher of the Faith, c.749
4
  Nicholas Ferrar, Deacon, Founder of the Little Gidding Community, 1637
6
  Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, c.326
7
  Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, Teacher of the Faith, 397
8
  The Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
13
  Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304
13
  Samuel Johnson, Moralist, 1784
14
  John of the Cross, Poet, Teacher of the Faith,1591
17
  O Sapientia
17
  Eglantyne Jebb, Social Reformer, Founder of 'Save The Children', 1928
24
  Christmas Eve
25
  Christmas Day
26
  Stephen, Deacon, First Martyr
27
  John, Apostle and Evangelist
28
  The Holy Innocents
29
  Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr, 1170
31
  John Wyclif, Reformer, 1384
     
     
    Alternative dates
    Thomas the Apostle may be celebrated on 21 December instead of 3 July.
    Thomas Becket may be celebrated on 7 July instead of 29 December.