A collection of brief homilies/meditations on the saints and individuals named in the Calendar of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church. Begins with November 30 and proceeds chronologically. Often quite slight without the historical notes, collects etc. found in "For All the Saints".
Contents include several specifically Anglican and/or Episcopal commemorations e.g. Nicholas Ferrar, Channing Moore Williams, Julia Chester Emery, William Laud, Philllips Brooks, Absalom Jones, Thomas Bray, George Herbert, John and Charles Wesley, Thomas Ken, James De Koven, Charles Henry Brent, John Keble, John Donne, Frederick Denison Maurice, James Lloyd Breck, William Augustus Muhlenberg, etc.
"During my term as Presiding Bishop, I ... asked the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music to undertake a review and revision of 'Lesser Feasts and Fasts', and to consider anew each entry in the existing Calendar of Saints, alongside any proposed new commemorations. To that end, a committee of the Commission was established. 'Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints' is the fruit of the committee's careful and painstaking work". -- Foreword.
"In 2003 General Convention called for a wide-ranging revision of 'Lesser Feasts and Fasts', a revision ample enough 'to reflect our increasing awareness of the ministry of all the people of God and of the cultural diversity of the Episcopal Church, of the wider Anglican Communion, of our ecumenical partners, and of our lively experience of sainthood in local communities'. Several years of extensive study and consultation led to the submission of 'Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints' which was approved for trial use by General Convention in July 2009. None of the commemorations listed in 'Lesser Feasts and Fasts' has been omitted, and just over a hundred new commemorations have been added (almost identical to the number added in 1964)". -- Preface.
"To assist the liturgical commemoration of these saints' days, Collects in both traditional and modern languages have been provided in every case, along with three Scripture readings, should such be needed for a full Eucharistic celebration. An appropriate Preface has been suggested, and a biography of the person persons being commemorated is also provided". -- Preface.
Contents: Foreword / Frank T. Griswold, Twenty-Fifth Presiding Bishop -- Preface --- The Calendar of the Church Year -- The Weekdays of Advent and Christmas until the Baptism of Christ -- The Weekdays of Lent -- The Weekdays of the Easter Season -- Holy Women, Holy Men -- Appendix -- The Commons -- The Common of Saints from the Book of Common Prayer -- New Commons for Various Occasions -- Guidelines and Procedures for Continuing Alteration of the Calendar -- A Six-Week Eucharistic Lectionary with Daily Themes and Suggested Collects -- A Two-Year Weekday Eucharistic Lectionary -- Index.
First edition published 1963 under title "The calendar and the collects, epistles, and gospels for the lesser feasts and fasts and for special occasions". Second edition published 1973 under title "The calendar and the collects : psalms and lessons for the lesser feasts and fasts". Third edition published 1980 under title "The proper for the lesser feasts and fasts together with the fixed holy days".
Prepared by the Standing Liturgical Commission of the Episcopal Church.
"As the Standing Liturgical Commission and the General Convention add or delete names from the calendar, successive editions of this volume will be published, each edition bearing in the title the date of the General Convention to which it is a response". -- Preface, p. vi.
Includes biographies of saints and persons commemorated.
Contents: Preface --- The Calendar of the Church Year -- The Weekdays of Advent and Christmas until the Baptism of Christ -- The Weekdays of Lent -- The Weekdays of the Easter Season -- The Lesser Feasts Together with the Fixed (Dated) Holy Days -- The Common of Saints -- Guidelines and Procedures for Continuing Alteration of the Calendar in the Episcopal Church (Adapted from 'Weekday Readings', a daily lectionary authorized by the 1994 General Convention) -- A Six-Week Eucharistic Lectionary with Daily Themes and Suggested Collects -- A Two-Year Weekday Eucharistic Lectionary -- Index.