"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.