Festival (Church of England)


Festival (Church of England)

A Festival is a type of observance in the Churches of the Anglican Communion, considered to be less significant than a Principal Feast or Principal Holy Day, but more significant than a Lesser Festival or Commemoration. In "Common Worship" each Festival is provided with a collect and an indication of liturgical colour.

Fixed Festivals

*1 January: The Naming and Circumcision of Jesus
*25 January: The Conversion of Paul
*19 March: Joseph of Nazareth
*23 April: George, Martyr, Patron of England
*25 April: Mark the Evangelist
*1 May: Philip and James, Apostles
*14 May: Matthias the Apostle
*31 May: The Visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth
*11 June: Barnabas the Apostle
*24 June: The Birth of John the Baptist
*29 June: Peter and Paul, Apostles
*3 July: Thomas the Apostle
*22 July: Mary Magdalene
*25 July: James the Apostle
*6 August: The Transfiguration of Our Lord
*15 August: The Blessed Virgin Mary
*24 August: Bartholomew the Apostle
*14 September: Holy Cross Day
*21 September: Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
*29 September: Michael and All Angels
*18 October: Luke the Evangelist
*28 October: Simon and Jude, Apostles
*30 November: Andrew the Apostle
*26 December: Stephen, Deacon, First Martyr
*27 December: John, Apostle and Evangelist
*28 December: The Holy Innocents

Moveable Festivals

*The Baptism of Christ – "first Sunday after 6 January", or (when Epiphany is transferred to Sunday) "first Monday after 6 January"
*The Day of Thanksgiving for the Institution of Holy Communion (Corpus Christi) – "Thursday after Trinity Sunday"
*Christ the King – "Sunday next before Advent"

ee also

*Principal Feast
*Principal Holy Day
*Lesser Festival
*Commemoration (observance)


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