A work in progress

After further investigation and reflection, I have amended the Calendar.

I have moved the commemoration of Thomas Ken, Bishop of Bath and Wells to March 20, one day closer to the date of his demise on March 19 (Saint Joseph’s day).  The Calendar in Common Worship (Church of England) commemorates Ken on June 8, the date on which he and the other Seven Bishops were committed to the Tower, but it seems more fitting to remember his witness on (or near) the date of his death, rather than the date of his imprisonment for a political-ecclesiastical act of defiance (which, under the circumstances, cannot be understood as a clear instance of witnessing to the Gospel against the powers of this world).  The commemoration of March 20 also corresponds to the new date given to Ken in the Calendar of The Episcopal Church.

Having moved Thomas Ken to March 20 also means shifting Saint Cuthbert’s commemoration from March 20, the date of his death, to September 4, the date of the translation of his relics (the Calendar in Common Worship provides September 4 as an alternative date for Cuthbert).  I have decided against the conflation of the commemorations of Saint Aidan and Saint Cuthbert as provided in the Calendar of The Episcopal Church (on August 31).

These alterations are occasioned by the inclusion of Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr, on March 21, the date of his martyrdom in 1556.  In the Calendar of Book of Common Prayer (1979), Cranmer is commemorated with the other Oxford Martyrs, Nicholas Ridley and Hugh Latimer, on October 16.  But the new Calendar of The Episcopal Church, the Calendar in the Book of Alternative Services (Anglican Church of Canada), and the Calendar in Common Worship provide a commemoration on the date of Cranmer’s martyrdom, as seems fitting for the father of the Book of Common Prayer and the most influential figure of the English Reformation.

All of which is to say that this weblog project, to provide a sanctoral Calendar for North American diaspora Anglicanism, is a work in progress.

Update: I have also posted an entry on James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh for March 24.


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