Calendar of saints (Anglican Church of Southern Africa)

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The calendar of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa is published in An Anglican Prayer Book 1989.[1][a]

Liturgical seasons[edit]

The church year begins on the first Sunday of Advent, which is the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day. The church year begins on 28 November 2021 and 27 November 2022

The church year is divided into a number of seasons:

  • Advent, Advent is the period which anticipates, prepares for, and builds up to Christmas. There are four Sundays in Advent.
  • Christmas, the Christmas season begins on Christmas Day which falls on 25 December each year. There are 12 days in Christmas.
  • The period of Ordinary time after Epiphany, Epiphany falls on 6 January each year, but is usually celebrated on the Sunday between 2 and 8 January.
  • Lent, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (17 February 2021 and 2 March 2022)
  • Easter lasts 50 days, using inclusive counting and begins on the Feast of the Resurrection of the Lord (4 April 2021 and 17 April 2022)
  • The period of Ordinary time after Pentecost.

The preface to the calendar in the prayer book describes its purpose: The Church's year both commemorates and proclaims how God came down from heaven to earth in Jesus Christ, who still lives among us by the Holy Spirit until he comes again at the end of time. The yearly observance of the holy days of the calendar is a celebration of what God has done and is doing for our salvation.

Holy days are distinguished as Great Festivals (being the principal celebrations), Festivals (celebrating New Testament events), Commemorations (recalling particular individuals and events), and other Special Days - the observance of the former taking precedence over the latter in the event of clashes. The preface to the calendar describes the commemorations as occasions: when the Church thankfully recalls the work and witness of men and women through whom Christ's saving victory has been manifested from the time of the apostles to the present day.

Great Festivals[edit]

Each and every Sunday in the year is a Great Festival, in addition the following days are Great Festivals:

  • Christmas Day which is celebrated on 25 December each year.
  • Epiphany which falls on 6 January each year, but is usually celebrated on the Sunday between 2 and 8 January.
  • Ascension Day (13 May 2021 and 26 May 2022).
  • Corpus Christi also known as the Commemoration of the Holy Communion and falls on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday (3 June 2021 and 16 June 2022).
  • All Saints' Day which falls on the 1st day of November each year.

The following Sundays (also Great Festivals) have special significance:

Festivals and commemorations[edit]

Festivals are shown in bold text and commemorations are shown in regular type. While this list shares many similarities with other calendars in the Anglican Communion, it is specific to Southern Africa and is determined by the Southern African Synod of Bishops.













Special Days[edit]

Days of Special Devotion are Ash Wednesday, the weekdays of Holy Week (including the Easter Vigil), and the weekdays of Easter Week. Additionally Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are fast days.

Ember Days fall on the following Sundays (and include the Wednesday and Friday prior): the Third Sunday in Advent, the Second Sunday in Lent, Trinity Sunday, and the Twenty Sixth Sunday of the Year. On these days particularly prayers are offered for theological institutions, the ordained, and those preparing for ordination.

Rogation Days are the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday following the Twenty Eighth Sunday of the Year and can be moved to suit local custom. On these days God's blessing is asked for the fruitfulness of the earth and peoples labour.

The Harvest Thanksgiving is celebrated according to local custom.

Evening Prayer on the eve of Christmas, Pentecost, and Ascension are services of special preparation for those Festivals.

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ The Anglican Church of Southern Africa publishes a lectionary each year. This lectionary is now based on the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL). The naming of some of the festivals in the RCL is different from the names given in An Anglican Prayer Book 1989; the main change is that the nth Sunday of the Year is now named the mth Sunday after Epiphany or the kth Sunday after Pentecost, as the case may be.[citation needed]
  1. ^ The Provincial Trustees of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (1989). An Anglican Prayer Book 1989. Collins Liturgical Publications. pp. 17–33. ISBN 0-00-599180-3.
  2. ^ Anon (2013). "St. Elizabeth Paul Memorial Service 2013". Diocese of Mthatha. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2014.