The Calendar

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Principal Feasts and Holy Days

In the Church these days take precedence over any other observance.

Principal Feasts
Holy Days
Christmas Day
The Epiphany
Easter Day
Ascension Day
The Day of Pentecost (Whitsunday)
Trinity Sunday
Ash Wednesday
Good Friday

2

Other Feasts and Holy Days

The following Holy Days are regularly observed throughout the year. The observance of a festival may displace a Sunday in the Season after Epiphany and the Season after Pentecost, but not the Sundays of Advent, Lent or Easter except as provided in guidelines for Precedence in Liturgical Observance provided by the General Synod/te Hīnota Whānui.

A

Of our Lord

All Sundays are feasts of our Lord Jesus Christ
The Naming of Jesus, 1 January
The Baptism of the Lord, First Sunday after the Epiphany
The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, 2 February
The Annunciation of our Saviour to the Blessed Virgin Mary,
25 March
The Transfiguration of the Beloved Son, 6 August

B

Of the Saints

In the commemoration of saints, the Church celebrates the victory of Christ in the lives of particular individuals. The Calendar of Saints’ Days varies considerably among Christian Churches and among the various churches of the Anglican Communion.

The Conversion of St Paul, 25 January
St Matthias the Apostle, 24 February
St Mark the Evangelist, 26 April
St Philip and St James, Apostles, 1 May
The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth, 31 May (2 July)
St Barnabas the Apostle, 11 June
St John the Baptist, 24 June
St Peter and St Paul, Apostles, Martyrs, 29 June
St Mary Magdalene, 22 July
St James and St John, Apostles, 25 July
St Mary, the Mother of Jesus, 15 August
St Bartholomew (Nathanael), Apostle, 24 August
St Matthew, Apostle, Evangelist, 21 September
St Michael and All Angels, 29 September
St Luke the Evangelist, 18 October
St James of Jerusalem, 23 October
St Simon and St Jude, Apostles, 28 October
All Saints’ Day, 1 November
St Andrew, Apostle, Martyr, 30 November
St Thomas the Apostle, 21 December (3 July)
St Stephen, the first Christian Martyr, 26 December (3 August)
St John the Evangelist, 27 December (6 May)
The Holy Innocents, 28 December (16 February)

C

Of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa,
New Zealand and Polynesia

The commemoration of all those who have built up this Church,
1 September

D

Local Feasts

The Feast of the Consecration or Dedication of a church
The Feast of the Patron or Title of a church

These local feasts may be observed on, or be transferred to, a Sunday,
except in the seasons of Advent, Lent and Easter.

3

Other Commemorations

A

Of our Lord

Thanksgiving for Holy Communion (Corpus Christi),
Thursday after Trinity Sunday
The Holy Name of Jesus, 7 August
Holy Cross Day, 14 September

B

Regional Commemorations

The Saints and Martyrs of Africa, 20 February
The Saints and Martyrs of the Americas, 8 April
The Saints and Martyrs of Europe, 30 July
The Saints and Martyrs of the Pacific, 7 September
The Saints and Martyrs of Asia, 6 October
The Saints and Martyrs of the Anglican Communion,
8 November

C

Commemorations particularly associated with
Aotearoa - New Zealand

We remember many people who have provided inspiration and an example of Christian living in the history of this country, or who have contributed to the development of Christianity in this country.

These commemorations may be celebrated on other appropriate days according to local custom.

Carl Sylvius Völkner, Priest and Mokomoko, Rangatira, 2 March
Kereopa and Manihera of Taranaki, 12 March
George Augustus Selwyn, 11 April
Hēni Te Kirikaramu, 29 April
Ruatara, 11 May
Samuel Marsden, 12 May
Ihāia Te Ahu, 13 May
Ngākūkū, 14 May
Piripi Taumataākura, 15 May
Te Wera Hauraki, 16 May
Wiremu Te Tauri, 17 May
Tamihana Te Rauparaha, 18 May
Rota Waitoa, 22 May
Frederick Augustus Bennett, 23 May
Mother Edith, 24 May
Hēnare Wiremu Taratoa, 21 June
Wiremu Tamihana, 23 June
Henry Williams, 16 July
Churchill Julius, 23 September
Suzanne Aubert, 1 October
Tarore of Waharoa, 19 October
Te Whiti o Rongomai, 6 November
Octavius Hadfield, 11 December
Marianne Williams, 16 December

D

Other names particularly associated with
the Pacific

We remember some of the people who have dedicated their lives to the spread of the gospel in our part of the world.

Gladys Aylward, 3 January
The Martyrs of Japan, 5 February
Toyohiko Kagawa, 24 April
The Seven Martyrs of the Melanesian Brotherhood, 24 April
Ini Kopuria, 6 June
Mary MacKillop, Teacher, 8 August
Rose of Lima, 23 August
The Martyrs of Papua New Guinea, 2 September
Charles Fox, 6 September
John Coleridge Patteson, 20 September
The Martyrs of Melanesia, 27 September
Martin of Porres, 3 November
Francis Xavier, 3 December

E

Other Commemorations in the Calendar

We include in the Calendar the names of people whose lives and work give special encouragement to others of all ages, and to those engaged in various aspects of the Church’s life and witness. They are not all from remote history.

Modern times have also produced men and women whose lives have excited other people to sanctity and deeper discipleship.

These names are recorded in the Calendar on pages 14-25.

F

Diocesan, Tribal, Local or other Commemorations

Commemorations of people of local significance whom the community wishes to celebrate.

4

Days of Discipline, Self-Denial and
Days of Special Devotion


(i)  Ash Wednesday Good Friday
(ii)  The other weekdays in Lent
(iii)  All the Fridays in the year except those falling between 25 December and 1 January, 6 and 13 January inclusive; and the Friday following after Easter Day and Ascension Day.

5

Days of Optional Observance

Days of Prayer

(i)  For the Ministry of the Church and Ordinands [Ember Days]

Prayers are offered on the weekdays following the Day of Pentecost and the week preceding St Andrew’s Day.

(ii)  For Work and Conservation [Rogation Days]

The days on either side of the commemoration of St Francis of Assisi (4 October) provide opportunities for prayers to be offered for God’s blessing on the fruits of the earth and the labours of all in farming and fisheries, industry and commerce.

(iii)  For Preparation before Feasts [Vigils]

Special prayers and readings may be used in preparation on the day before

The Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ: Christmas Day
Day of Pentecost
St John the Baptist
St Mary, the Mother of Jesus
All Saints’ Day
St Andrew’s Day

Vigils may also be kept of: The Presentation of Jesus, St Matthias, The Annunciation, St Peter and St Paul, The Visitation, St James and St John, St Bartholomew (Nathanael), The Builders of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, St Matthew, St Simon and St Jude, and St Thomas.

Note that if any of these Feasts falls on a Monday, then the Fast of the Vigil shall be kept on the Saturday, and not on the Sunday next before it.

6

Other Special Days


(i)  Harvest Thanksgiving

may be observed on a Sunday as determined by local custom.

(ii)  Mothering Sunday

may be observed on the fourth Sunday in Lent, but the proper for Mothering Sunday may not take precedence over that set for the Sunday unless there is more than one celebration of the Eucharist. The collect for Mothering Sunday may be added after the collect for the day.

(iii)  Those Sundays designated by resolution of General Synod from time to time may be observed.

Aotearoa Sunday – Sunday before Advent
Te Pouhere Sunday – Second Sunday after Pentecost
Sea Sunday – Second Sunday in July or on a Sunday as determined by local custom
Social Services Sunday – Fourth Sunday in July

(iv)  National Days of Remembrance

should be celebrated in the same manner as the commemorations particularly associated with Aotearoa – New Zealand.

Waitangi Day, 6 February
Anzac Day, 25 April
United Nations Day, 24 October

January

1   The Naming of Jesus
New Year’s Day
2   Seraphim of Sarov, Mystic, Russia, 1833
3   Gladys Aylward, Missionary, China, 1970
4  
5   The Eve of the Epiphany
6   The Epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ
or The Revelation of Christ to the Gentiles
7  
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9  
10  
11  
12  
13   Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, Teacher of the Faith, c.367
14   Sava, the Founder and first Archbishop of the Serbian
Church, 1235
15  
16  
17   Antony of Egypt, Abbot, 356
18  
19  
20  
21   Agnes, Child-Martyr at Rome, c.304
22   Vincent, Spanish Deacon and Martyr, Saragossa, c.304
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24  
25   The Conversion of St Paul
26   Timothy and Titus, Companions of St Paul
27   John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople,
Teacher of the Faith, 407
28   Thomas Aquinas, Teacher of the Faith, 1274
29  
30   King Charles of England, 1649
31  

The Feast of The Baptism of the Lord is observed on The First Sunday after the Epiphany

February

1   Brigid of Ireland, Abbess, c.525
2   The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
3   Anskar, Archbishop of Hamburg, Missionary to Denmark and Sweden, 865
4  
5   The Martyrs of Japan, 1597
6   Waitangi Day
7  
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9  
10  
11  
12  
13  
14   Cyril, 869, and Methodius, 885, Missionaries to the Slavs
15  
16   Alternative date for The Holy Innocents (28 December)
17   Janani Luwum, Archbishop, Martyr of Uganda, 1977
18   Martin Luther, 1546, and other Reformers of the Church
19  
20   The Saints and Martyrs of Africa
21  
22   The Confession of St Peter
23   Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, Martyr, c.156
24   St Matthias the Apostle
25  
26  
27   George Herbert, 1633, and all saintly Parish Priests
28  
29  

March

1   David, Bishop, Patron Saint of Wales, c.601
2   Carl Sylvius Völkner, Priest and Mokomoko, Rangatira, Ōpōtiki, 1865, symbols for reconciliation
3   John Wesley, Preacher, 1791, and Charles Wesley, Poet, 1788
4  
5  
6  
7   Perpetua and her Companions, Martyrs at Carthage, 203
8  
9  
10  
11  
12   Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, Teacher of the Faith, 604
Kereopa and Manihera of Taranaki, Martyrs at Turangi, 1847
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14  
15  
16  
17   Patrick, Bishop, Patron Saint of Ireland, 461
18   Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop, Teacher of the Faith, 386
19   Joseph of Nazareth
20   Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindisfarne, Missionary, 687
21   Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury,
Liturgist and Martyr, 1556
22   Thomas Ken, Bishop of Bath and Wells, Poet, 1711
23  
24   Gabriel, Archangel
25   The Annunciation of our Saviour to the Blessed Virgin Mary
26  
27  
28  
29   John Keble of Oxford, Priest and Poet, 1866
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31  

April

1   Frederick Denison Maurice, Priest, Theologian, 1872
2  
3   Richard of Chichester, Bishop, 1253
4   Martin Luther King, Prophet, 1968
5  
6  
7  
8   The Saints and Martyrs of the Americas
9   Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Pastor, Theologian, Germany, 1945
10   William Law, Priest, Mystic, 1761
11   George Augustus Selwyn, Bishop of New Zealand, 1878
12  
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14  
15  
16  
17  
18  
19  
20  
21   Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher of the Faith, 1109
22  
23   George, Martyr, Patron Saint of England, c.304
24   Toyohiko Kagawa, Teacher, Evangelist, Japan, 1960
The Seven Martyrs of the Melanesian Brotherhood, 2003
25   Anzac Day
26   St Mark the Evangelist
27  
28  
29   Catherine of Siena, Teacher of the Faith, 1380
Hēni Te Kirikaramu of Gate Pa, 1864
30  

May

1   St Philip and St James, Apostles
2   Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, Teacher of the Faith, 373
3  
4  
5  
6   Alternative date for St John the Evangelist (27 December)
7  
8   Dame Julian of Norwich, Mystic, 1417
9   Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishop of Constantinople,
Teacher of the Faith, 389
10  
11   Ruatara, Te ara mō te Rongopai ‘The gateway for the Gospel’
12   Samuel Marsden, Priest and Missionary,
the Apostle of New Zealand, 1838
13   Ihāia Te Ahu, Missionary, Priest in Te Arawa
14   Ngākūkū, Missionary in Mataatua
15   Piripi Taumataākura, Missionary in Ngati Porou
16   Te Wera Hauraki, Missionary in Ngati Kahungunu
17   Wiremu Te Tauri, Missionary in Wanganui
18  
19   Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury and Reformer, 988
20  
21  
22   Rota Waitoa, Te mātāmua o ngā minita Māori.
The first Māori ordained in New Zealand, 1853
23   Frederick Augustus Bennett, Te mātāmua o ngā pihopa Māori.
The first Māori Bishop, 1950
24   Mother Edith, Founder of the Community of the Sacred Name,
Christchurch, 1922
25   The Venerable Bede of Jarrow, Teacher of the Faith, 735
26   Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, Missionary, 605
27  
28  
29  
30   Apolo Kivebulaya of Uganda, Priest and Missionary, 1933
31   The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth (or 2 July)

June

1   Justin, Martyr at Rome, c.165
2  
3   The Martyrs of Uganda, 1886
4  
5   Boniface, Bishop of Mainz, Missionary, Martyr, 754
6   Ini Kopuria, Founder of the Melanesian Brotherhood, 1945
7  
8  
9   Columba of Iona, Abbot, Missionary, 597
10  
11   St Barnabas the Apostle
12  
13   Antony of Padua, Missionary, Preacher,
Teacher of the Faith, 1231
14   Basil the Great, Bishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia, Teacher of the Faith, 379
15   Evelyn Underhill, Mystic, 1941
16  
17  
18  
19   Sadhu Sundar Singh, Teacher, Evangelist, India, 1929
20  
21   Hēnare Wiremu Taratoa of Te Ranga, 1864
22   Alban, first Martyr of Britain, c.304
23   Wiremu Tamihana, Prophet, Kingmaker, 1866
24   St John the Baptist
25  
26  
27  
28   Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, Teacher of the Faith, c.200
29   St Peter and St Paul, Apostles, Martyrs
30  

For May and June
Thanksgiving for Holy Communion – Corpus Christi –
is observed on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday
Days of Prayers for the Ministry of the Church and Ordinands
are observed on the days of the week following the Day of Pentecost

July

1  
2   Alternative date for The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
(31 May)
3   Alternative date for St Thomas, Apostle, Martyr
(21 December)
4   Samuel Azariah, Bishop, Ecumenist, 1945
5  
6   Thomas More, Scholar, 1535
7  
8  
9  
10  
11   Benedict of Nursia, Abbot of Monte Cassino, c.550
12  
13   Silas, Companion of St Paul
14  
15   Swithun, Bishop of Winchester, c.862, Translated 971
16   Henry Williams, Missionary, 1867
17  
18  
19  
20  
21  
22   St Mary Magdalene
23  
24  
25   St James and St John, Apostles
Christopher, Martyr, c.250
26   Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary
27  
28   Mary and Martha of Bethany
29   William Wilberforce, 1833, and All Social Reformers
30   The Saints and Martyrs of Europe
31   Joseph of Arimathea

August

1  
2   Chad, Bishop of Lichfield, Missionary, 672
3   Alternative date for St Stephen the First Martyr (26 December)
4   John Baptist Vianney, Curé d’Ars, Priest, 1859
5   Oswald, King of Northumbria, Martyr, 642
6   The Transfiguration of the Beloved Son
7   The Holy Name of Jesus
8   Dominic, Priest, 1221
Mary MacKillop, Teacher, 1909
9   Mary Summer, Founder of the Mothers’ Union, 1921
10   Laurence, Deacon and Martyr at Rome, 258
11   Clare of Assisi, Abbess, 1253
12  
13   Florence Nightingale, Nurse, Social Reformer, 1910
14   Maximilian Kolbe, Priest, Martyr, Auschwitz, 1941
15   St Mary, the Mother of Jesus
16   Holy Women of the Old Testament
Brother Roger of Taize: Encourager of Youth, 2005
17  
18  
19  
20   Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot, Poet, 1153
21  
22  
23   Rose of Lima, Mystic, 1617
24   St Bartholomew (Nathanael) the Apostle
25  
26  
27   Monica, Mother of Augustine of Hippo, 387
28   Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, Teacher of the Faith, 430
29   The Beheading of St John the Baptist
30  
31   Aidan, Bishop of Lindisfarne, Missionary, 651

September

1   The Builders of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa,
New Zealand and Polynesia
2   The Martyrs of Papua New Guinea, 1942
3  
4   Albert Schweitzer, Medical Missionary, Theologian, 1965
5   Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Missionary of Charity, 1997
6   Charles Fox, Scholar, Missionary, 1977
7   The Saints and Martyrs of the Pacific
8   The Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of our Lord
9  
10  
11  
12  
13   Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, Martyr, 258
14   Holy Cross Day
15  
16   Ninian, Bishop in Galloway, Missionary, c.432
17   Hildegarde of Bingen, Mystic, Religious, 1179
18  
19   Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury, 690
20   John Coleridge Patteson, first Bishop of Melanesia,
Martyr, 1871
21   St Matthew, Apostle, Evangelist
22  
23   Churchill Julius, Bishop,
first Archbishop of New Zealand, 1938
24  
25   Sergius of Radonezh, Abbot of Holy Trinity, Moscow, 1392
26   Lancelot Andrewes, Bishop of Winchester, 1626
27   The Martyrs of Melanesia
28  
29   St Michael and All Angels
30   Jerome, Priest, Teacher of the Faith,
Translator of the Scriptures, 420

October

1   Suzanne Aubert, Religious,
Social Reformer, 1926
2   The Holy Guardian Angels
3  
4   Francis of Assisi, Friar, 1226
5  
6   The Saints and Martyrs of Asia
7   William Tyndale, Translator of the Scriptures, Martyr, 1536
8   Bridget (Birgitta) of Sweden, Mystic, Religious,
Patron Saint of Sweden, 1373
9   Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln, 1253
10  
11  
12   Elizabeth Fry, Prison Reformer, England, 1845
13  
14  
15   Teresa of Avila, Teacher of the Faith, 1582
16   The English Reformers and Martyrs, 1555
17   Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, Martyr, c.107
18   St Luke the Evangelist
19   Tarore of Waharoa, 1836
20   Henry Martyn, Missionary, 1812
21  
22  
23   James of Jerusalem, Brother of the Lord, Martyr, c.62
24   Raphael, Archangel
United Nations Day
25  
26   Alfred, King of the West Saxons, 899
27  
28   St Simon and St Jude, Apostles
29  
30   Holy Women of the New Testament
31  

Days of Prayer for Work and Conservation are observed on 3 and 5 October

November

1   All Saints’ Day
2   All Souls’ Day
3   Martin of Porres, Monk, Peru, 1639
4   Richard Hooker, Priest, Theologian, 1600
5  
6   Te Whiti o Rongomai, Prophet, 1907
7   Willibrord, Archbishop of Utrecht, Missionary, 739
8   The Saints and Martyrs of the Anglican Communion
9  
10   Leo the Great, Bishop of Rome, Teacher of the Faith, 461
11   Martin, Bishop of Tours, 397
12   Charles Simeon of Cambridge, Priest, 1836
13  
14  
15  
16   Margaret, Queen of Scotland, 1093
17   Hilda, Abbess of Whitby, 680
18   Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln, 1200
19   Elizabeth of Hungary, Princess, 1231
20   Mechtild of Magdeburg, Mystic, Prophet, 1280
21  
22   Cecilia, Martyr at Rome, c.230
C.S. Lewis, Apologist, 1964
23   Clement, Bishop of Rome, Martyr, c.100
24  
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27  
28  
29  
30   St Andrew, Apostle, Martyr

Days of Prayer for the Ministry of the Church and Ordinands
are observed on the days of the week preceding St Andrew’s Day

December

1  
2  
3   Francis Xavier, Missionary, 1552
4  
5  
6   Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, c.342
7   Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, Teacher of the Faith, 397
8   Richard Baxter, Priest, Theologian, 1691
9   Holy Men of the Old Testament
10   Thomas Merton, Spiritual Writer, 1968
11   Octavius Hadfield, Bishop, 1904
12  
13   Lucy, Martyr, Syracuse, c.304
14  
15  
16   Marianne Williams, Missionary, 1879
17  
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20  
21   St Thomas, Apostle, Martyr (or 3 July)
22  
23  
24   The Eve and Vigil of Christmas
25   The Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ – Christmas Day
26   St Stephen, the first Christian Martyr (or 3 August)
27   St John the Evangelist (or 6 May)
28   The Holy Innocents (or 16 February)
29   Thomas of Canterbury, Bishop, Martyr, 1170
30   Josephine Butler, Worker among Women, 1905
31   John Wycliffe, Theologian and Reformer, 1384

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