New commemorations on the Episcopal Church calendar for the months of November and December from Holy Women, Holy Men are the topic of Oct. 31 bulletin inserts from Episcopal News Service. The Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music is conducting a year-long open forum on Holy Women, Holy Men, the first complete revision of Lesser Feasts and Fasts in 40 years, and invites participation from all church members through its website or by email at email@example.com.
Full text of the inserts is below. Inserts may be downloaded here.
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The Saints of God: Holy Women, Holy Men
Third in a series
In July 2010 the Episcopal Church's Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music launched a year-long open forum on Holy Women, Holy Men, the first complete revision of Lesser Feasts and Fasts in 40 years. "More than 100 new commemorations were approved at the 2009 General Convention," SCLM notes on its blog, liturgyandmusic.wordpress.com.
"We invite you to join us in this prayer each day, whether by worshiping with a congregation or by including the commemoration in your personal devotion," SCLM continues.
"Then tell us about your experience. How did this person's life witness to the Gospel? How does this person inspire us in Christian life today? How well does the collect gather the prayers of the assembly and pray about the significance of the person? How well do these lessons speak to the life of this saint?"
The online survey to assist in gathering feedback became available on July 1 and will close on June 30, 2011. After compiling the data from the survey, SCLM will prepare a comprehensive report for the 77th General Convention, meeting in 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
New commemorations for November and December
(Year listed in each case is the date of death)
15 George Whitefield, 1770, and Francis Asbury, 1816, evangelists. English priests whose preaching helped to spark periods of religious fervor in North America.
21 William Byrd, 1623, John Merbecke, 1585, and Thomas Tallis, 1585, musicians. Merbecke's musical settings, written for the 1549 Book of Common Prayer, have come back into use in recent years. Tallis is considered the father of post-Reformation English church music. Byrd, Tallis' colleague, wrote a broad variety of sacred and secular music for the English church and court.
22 Cecilia, martyr at Rome, c. 280. Cecilia is the patron saint of music, musicians, organ builders and poets in the Roman Catholic Church. She always has held a special place in the music-loving Anglican and Episcopal tradition.
26 Isaac Watts, hymnwriter, 1748. Watts wrote some 600 hymn texts, including O God our help in ages past, When I survey the wondrous cross, and Joy to the world!
1 Charles de Foucauld, hermit and martyr in the Sahara, 1916. Charles' life as a monk and priest inspired the founding of new religious communities for men and women and the revival of desert ministry in the early 20th century.
3 Francis Xavier, missionary to the Far East, 1552. With Ignatius Loyola, Francis was co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). He served as a missionary under difficult cultural and political circumstances in India, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Indonesia, and Japan.
8 Richard Baxter, pastor and writer, 1691. A moderate Puritan, Baxter pioneered a style of pastoral ministry that enriched the Anglican tradition. He influenced the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, and is the author of Ye Holy Angels Bright, among other hymn texts.
10 Karl Barth, pastor and theologian, 1968. A founder of the Confessional Church and chief author of the Barmen Declaration, he also wrote the 13-volume Church Dogmatics.
13 Lucy (Lucia), martyr at Syracuse, 304. The feast day of Lucia â whose name means "light" â marked the shortest day of the year on the old calendar. She traditionally has been a favorite saint in the Scandinavian countries, especially Sweden.
14 Juan de la Cruz (John of the Cross), mystic, 1591. A Spanish monk and priest, John was founder of a strict monastic order, the Discalced Carmelites. His poetic works include The Dark Night, from which came the phrase "dark night of the soul."
15 John Horden, bishop and missionary in Canada, 1893. As an English missionary to the First Nations peoples of Canada, Horden also served the employees of the Hudson's Bay Company. He was later ordained a priest, then bishop of the Diocese of Moosonee.
15 Robert McDonald, priest, 1913. McDonald was a priest and missionary to the native peoples of Canada. He developed a written alphabet for the Tinjiyzoo Nation tribes' Tukudh language, and translated the Bible and Book of Common Prayer and other texts.
16 Ralph Adams Cram, 1942, and Richard Upjohn, 1878, architects, and John LaFarge, artist (1910). Cram and Upjohn had great influence on the design and decoration of Episcopal churches in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. LaFarge created significant church art, including murals and stained glass.
17 William Lloyd Garrison, 1879, and Maria Stewart, 1879, prophetic witnesses. Garrison was an abolitionist leader and founder of the antislavery newspaper The Liberator. Stewart, a free-born African American, wrote articles for Garrison's paper and was a fierce public advocate for an end to the practice of slavery.
19 Lillian Trasher, missionary in Egypt, 1961. Born in Georgia, she became a missionary in Egypt, where she founded an orphanage that she kept running despite political turmoil and war. She became known as the "Mother of the Nile."
22 Henry Budd, priest, 1875. The first person of First Nations ancestry to be ordained in the Anglican tradition in North America, he translated the scriptures and the prayer book into the Cree language.
22 Charlotte Diggs (Lottie) Moon, missionary in China, 1912. Moon was sent to China by the Southern Baptist Church as a missionary. Her influence led to the formation of the Women's Missionary Union in 1888.
31 Samuel Ajayi Crowther, bishop in the Niger Territories, 1891. The first African bishop in Nigeria, Crowther translated scripture and the prayer book, founded schools and colleges, and helped open the way for new generations of African leaders.