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Festivals Table of contents

The Calendar

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.

¶ The Seasons


The First Sunday of Advent

The Second Sunday of Advent

The Third Sunday of Advent

From 17 December (O Sapientia) begin the eight days of prayer before Christmas Day

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Christmas Eve


Christmas Day– 25 December

The First Sunday of Christmas

The Second Sunday of Christmas

The days after Christmas Day until the Epiphany traditionally form a unity of days of special thanksgiving.


The Epiphany– 6 January

The Baptism of Christ– The First Sunday of Epiphany

(The Second Sunday of Epiphany when 6 January is a Sunday) The Second Sunday of Epiphany
The Third Sunday of Epiphany

The Fourth Sunday of Epiphany

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas) – 2 February

Ordinary Time

This begins on the day following the Presentation

The Fifth Sunday before Lent
The Fourth Sunday before Lent
The Third Sunday before Lent
The Second Sunday before Lent
The Sunday next before Lent


Ash Wednesday

The First Sunday of Lent

The Second Sunday of Lent

The Third Sunday of Lent

The Fourth Sunday of Lent –Mothering Sunday

The Fifth Sunday of Lent (Passiontide begins)

Palm Sunday
Monday of Holy Week

Tuesday of Holy Week

Wednesday of Holy Week

Maundy Thursday
Good Friday
Easter Eve


Easter Day

Monday of Easter Week

Tuesday of Easter Week

Wednesday of Easter Week

Thursday of Easter Week

Friday of Easter Week

Saturday of Easter Week
The Second Sunday of Easter

The Third Sunday of Easter

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Ascension Day

From Friday after Ascension Day begin the nine days of prayer before Pentecost

The Seventh Sunday of Easter –Sunday after Ascension Day

Pentecost(Whit Sunday)

Ordinary Time

This is resumed on the Monday following the Day of Pentecost

Trinity Sunday

The Thursday after Trinity Sunday may be observed asThe Day of Thanksgiving for the Institution of Holy Communion (Corpus Christi)

The First Sunday after Trinity

The Second Sunday after Trinity

The Third Sunday after Trinity

The Fourth Sunday after Trinity

The Fifth Sunday after Trinity

The Sixth Sunday after Trinity

The Seventh Sunday after Trinity

The Eighth Sunday after Trinity

The Ninth Sunday after Trinity

The Tenth Sunday after Trinity
The Eleventh Sunday after Trinity

The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity

The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

The Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity

The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity

The Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity

The Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

The Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity

The Twentieth Sunday after Trinity

The Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity

The Last Sunday after Trinity

Dedication FestivalThe First Sunday in October or The Last Sunday after Trinity, if date unknown

All Saints’ Day1 November

The Sunday between 30 October and 5 November may be kept as All Saints’ Sunday or as:
The Fourth Sunday before Advent

The Third Sunday before Advent

The Second Sunday before Advent

Christ the KingThe Sunday next before Advent

¶ Holy Days

For the key to the typography, see above.


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 Canterbur y, 1645

11  Mar y Slessor, Missionar y 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), Missionar y 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


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.


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.


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, Missionar y in the South Pacific, Martyr, 1841

29 Catherine of Siena, Teacher of the Faith, 1380

30  Pandita Mary Ramabai, Translator of the Scriptures, 1922


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 Canterbur y, Scholar, 1089

30 Josephine Butler, Social Reformer, 1906

30  Joan of Arc, Visionar y, 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.


1 Justin, Martyr at Rome, c.165

3  The Martyrs of Uganda, 1885–7 and 1977

4  Petroc, Abbot of Padstow, 6th centur y

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.


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 Salisbur y, 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 centur y

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, 1833

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.


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.


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.


1  Remigius, Bishop of Rheims, Apostle of the Franks, 533

1  Anthony Ashley Cooper, Earl of Shaftesbur y, Social Reformer, 1885

3 George Bell, Bishop of Chicester, 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.


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 centur y

6  William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbur y, 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


1 Charles de Foucauld, Hermit in the Sahara, 1916

3 Francis Xavier, Missionar y, 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.