- Calendar of saints (Church of the Province of Melanesia)
calendar of saintsand commemorations in the Church of the Province of Melanesia(the Anglican Church in the Solomon Islandsand Vanuatu) is a continually developing list. Both old and new, universal and local saints and worthies are celebrated.
Classification of saint's days and commemorations
There are three classes of saint's day within the Calendar.
"Class I" days are all the Major Holy Days of the Church. All the Festivals of our Lord and a few others are Class I. There is always a First Evensong and Second Evensong. Morning Prayer, the Holy Eucharist and the both Evensongs all have proper psalms and lessons appropriate to the day. The Holy Eucharist is sung, and the Creed and Gloria are used. These Major Holy Days are never transferred unless they fall during Holy Week or Easter Week. Baptism, Confirmation, and Ordination are appropriate for these days, but not funerals or weddings.
Sundays are all Class I Holy Days because they are festivals of our Lord on which we give thanks for the Resurrection of Christ. Therefore, every Saturday evening there is a First Evensong for the Sunday. On Saturday evenings, use only the Collect for the next day.
"Class II" days are all Feasts of the apostles and
Four Evangelistsand some others. Sometimes there is a First Evensong. There are propers for the day, i.e. appropriate collects, psalms, lessons. The Second Order provides other propers, such as prefaces and blessings, sentences, etc. The Eucharist should be sung and the Creed and the Gloria are used. These also are appropriate for Baptism, Confirmation and Ordination. Weddings and funerals may be held on these days as well.
"Class III" days are the days for other saints and special days. There are usually no proper psalms and lessons at the Offices or the Eucharist, but a proper collect for the Holy Day may be used (but not in Advent or Lent). The Eucharist is not usually sung. The Gloria may be used (except in Advent and Lent), but not the Creed.
"Local commemorations" are observed exactly as for Class III.
Days of special observance
These are days appointed by Church, civil or local authority. They may be recurring or only happen once. Recurring days of special observance include:
* The quarterly
Ember Days, days of abstinence and prayer for those in the sacred ministry, and for those exploring a vocation to the ordained ministry. They should be marked by abstinence, prayer (including the Litanyfor the Ember Days at the Eucharist and/or the Daily Office), perhaps by special offerings for theological students in the Diocese, region or parish/district. The colour is purple
* The Rogation Days, observed by asking God’s blessings on the resources he has given us. These days include giving witness to our faith in the Rogation Procession (procession is purple, the Eucharist is white). These days need to be celebrated creatively, in light of world wide environmental concerns.
There are days celebrated by organisations within the Church such as the Mothers’ Union, the MBH and Companions, the SSF and TSSF, the CSC and Associates, and CSM and Associates, Girls’ Friendly Society, Melanesian Guild of Servers, Catechist and Lay Preachers Associations, Men’s Fellowships, Youth Groups and Sunday Schools, etc. These are to be coordinated with the rector and may be celebrated on free days or Class III days. They may be celebrated on Class II days (or as Class II days) if they are significant to the organisation and do not contravene the tables of precedence above, or overshadow the saint or event celebrated on that day.
Calendar of saint's days and holy days
"These dates apply unless transferred according to the Rules of Precedence."
*1 The Naming of our Lord Jesus Christ, I
*6 THE Epiphany OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, I
Anthony of Egypt, Abbot, founder of monastic life, 356, III
Cecil Wilson, 3rd Missionary-Bishop of Melanesia, 1941
George Henry West, Missionary Priest, Reefs and Santa Cruz, 1937
Saint Agnes, Martyr at Rome, 304, III
Saint Timothyand Saint Titus, Bishops and Martyrs, 1st c. III
Conversion of Saint Paul, II
*26 Inauguration of the
Church of the Province of Melanesia, 1975, II
Saint John Chrysostom, Patriarch of Constantiople, Preacher, 407, III
Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest, Theologian and Teacher, 1274, III
*2 Presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple, II
*3 Saints and Martyrs of Europe, III
*5 Saints and Martyrs of Japan, III
Walter Hubert Baddeley, 7th Missionary Bishop of Melanesia, 1960
George Giladi, Missionary Priest, Makira, 1954
Robert Paley Wilson, Missionary Priestand Teacher, 1947
John Richardson Selwyn, 2nd Missionary Bishop of Melanesia, 1898
*17 Saints and Martyrs of Africa, III
Joseph Gilvelte, Missionary Priest, Makira, 1927
Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr of Smyrna, 156, III
Saint Matthiasthe Apostle, II
*3 John and
Charles Wesley, Priests, Evangelists and Hymnwriters, 1791,1788
John Palmer, Missionary Priest, Banks,
Saint Perpetuaand Saint Felicity, Martyrs, 203, III
Richard Comins, Missionary Priest and Teacher, 1919
Henry Tagalad, Missionary Priest and Teacher, Mota Lava, 1901
Saint Patrick, Bishop and Evangelist of Ireland, c. 460, III
Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Foster Father of Jesus
Annunciationof our Lord Jesus Christ, I
Edward Wogale, Missionary Deacon, Banks, 1883
*5 Birthday of the
Community of the Sisters of the Church, 1870
*8 Saints and Martyrs of the Americas, III
George Augustus Selwyn, Founder of the Melanesian Mission, 1878, III
Hugo Hembala, 1st Priest of Isabel, 1931
*24 Seven Martyrs of the
Melanesian Brotherhood, Religious and Martyrs, II
Saint MarkTHE EVANGELIST, II
Saint Philipand Saint James, Apostles, II
Saint Athanasiusof Alexander, Bishop and Teacher of the Faith, 373, III
Charles Bice, Missionary Priest, Ambae, 1922
Reuben Bula, Missionary Deacon and Teacher, Guadalcanal, 1916
Louis Tariliu, Teacher of the Faith, Pentecost, 1895
Saint Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterburyand restorer of the religious life, 988, III
Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Maryto Saint Elizabeth, II
Emily Ayckbowm, Religious, Founder of the Community of the Sisters of the Church, 1900, III
Ini Kopuria, Religious,, Deacon, Founder of the Melanesian Brotherhood, 1945, III
Saint Barnabasthe Apostle, II
Matthias Tarileo, First Priest of Pentecost, 1941
Father and Mrs. Sprott, Priest, Teacher, Isabel
Alfred Lombu, 1st Priest of Gela, 1919
Saint Alban, 1st Martyr of Britain c.209, III
*24 John the Baptist
Saint Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyonand martyr, c. 209, III
*29 Saint Peter the Apostle, II
*6 George Warren, Priest and Teacher, 1954
*7 Independence Day of
Solomon Islands, 1978
Saint Benedictof Nursia, Abbotand Father of Religious Life, 550, III
Mano Wadrokal, Missionary Deacon, 1894
Ellison Tergortok, Missionary Priest of Tikopia, 1956
Clement Marau, Missionary Priest of Ulawa, 1920
Saint Mary Magdalene, First Witness of the Resurrection, II
Saint James, First Apostle to Die for his Faith, II
Saint Anne, Mother of our Ladyand Grandmother of our Lord.
Thomas Ulgau, Missionary Catechist of Pentecost, 1904
TransfigurationOF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, I
Robert Pantutun, Missionary Deacon of Gaua, 1910
Saint Dominic, Priest, Friarand Preacher, 1221, III
Saint Laurence, Deacon and Martyr of Rome, 258, III
Saint Clare, Abbessof Assisi, 1253, III
*12 George Sarawia, 1st Melanesian Priest, Mota, 1901
Saint Mary, MOTHER OF OUR LORD AND GOD, II
William Vaget, Catechistand Priest, Mere Lava, 1916
*24 Saint Bartholomew the Apostle, II
Frank Bullen, Missionary Priestof Guadalcanal, 1909
*27 Saint Monica, Faithful Christian Mother of Augustine, 387, III
Saint Augustineof Hippo, Bishop and Spiritual Writer, 430, III
*2 Martyrs of
Papua New Guinea, 1942, III
*8 Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary, II
Robert Henry Codrington, Missionary Priest and Teacher, 1922
John Manwaring Steward, 5th Missionary Bishop of Melanesia, 1933
Holy Crossof our Lord Jesus Christ, II
Walter Ivens, Missionary Priest, 1940
Joseph Atkin, Stephen Taroniara, and all martyrs of Melanesia, II
Saint Michaeland All Angels, II
Saint Jerome, monk, Bibletranslator, Bethlehem, 420, III
*2 Saints and Martyrs of Asia
Saint Francis of Assisi, Friar and Deacon, 1226, III
Percy T. Williams, Missionary Priest, 1933
Saint Teresa of Avila, Abbess1587, III
Charles Christopher Godden, Missionary Priestand Martyr, Ambae, 1906, III
Saint Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, Martyr, c. 107, III
Saint Lukethe Evangelist, II
Charles Sapimbuana, Teacher and Deacon, Gela, 1885, III
Saint Simonand Saint Jude, Apostles, II
Charles Elliot Fox, Missionary Priest and Tasiu, 1977
All Saints, I
All Souls, II
All Saints of Melanesia, II
Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop, 397, III
Saint Hugh of Lincoln, Bishop, 1200, III
Saint Hilda, Abbess of Whitby, 680, III
Saint Clement, Bishop and Martyr of Rome, c. 100, III
Saint Andrewthe Apostle, II
Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, c. 326, III
Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, 397, III
*21 Saint Thomas the Apostle, II
Christmas, THE BIRTH OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, I
Saint Stephen, Deacon and First Martyr, II
Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist, II
Holy Innocents, II
Moveable Feasts and Days
Easteris always the Sunday after the full moon that occurs on or after the equinox on March 21, a date which is fixed according to an ancient calculation of the Church, and which does not always correspond to the astronomical equinox. This full moon may happen on any date between March 21 and April 18 inclusive. If the full moon falls on a Sunday, Easter Day is always the following Sunday, but Easter Day can never be earlier than March 21 or later than April 25.:The date of Easter governs the cycle of feasts dependent upon this, the most important feast. The number of Sundays after Epiphany and the number of Sundays after Pentecost depend on the date of Easter.
Ash Wednesdayis always the fortieth weekday before Easter.
Palm Sundayis always the Sunday before Easter.
Holy Weekis always the week before Easter.
*Ascension Day is always the fortieth day after Easter.
Pentecostis always the fiftieth day after Easter.
Advent Sundayis always the Sunday closest to Saint Andrew’s Day.
Rogation Daysare always the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before Ascension Day.
Ember Daysare the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday after the First Sunday in Lent, the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, after Pentecost, the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday after Holy CrossDay, and the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday after December 13.
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