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Literary Companion to the Festivals

Literary Companion to the Festivals

This beautiful volume offers poems and other literary readings to enhance liturgical celebration of the church's Lesser Festivals and Commemorations.

Drawn from both the Anglican Calendar of Common Worship and the Commemorations in the calendar of the Lutheran Book of Worship, the book marks almost 120 feasts, including chief ones celebrated in each tradition or together. A short note before each passage offers background on the occasion or figure celebrated and suggests the connection with an idea, image, or story associated with the feast or its readings.

The readings themselves are drawn from many centuries and countries – including Britian, Ireland, North America, Africa, and Australia – to bridge literature and liturgy and promote public worship or private prayer through imaginative engagement. Writers include Thom Gunn, Stevie Smith, Niyi Osundare, Charles Causley, Dag Hammarskjold, and may new voices from around the globe.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800636050
  • eBook ISBN 9781451413922
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 192
  • Publication Date April 7, 2003

Table of Contents


St. Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishop and Poet, 389
St. Kentigern (Mungo), Bishop and Missionary, 603
Martin Luther King, Jnr., Renewer of Society and Martyr, 1968
The Confession of St. Peter
Richard Rolle of Hampole, Mystic and Poet, 1349
The Conversion of St. Paul
St. Timothy and St. Titus [and Silas], Companions of St. Paul
Lydia, Dorcas and Phoebe, Disciples
St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest, Philosopher and Hymn Writer, 1274 [LBW 7 March]
St. Brigid, Abbess of Kildare, c.525
Anskar (Ansgar), Archbishop of Hamburg, and Missionary to Denmark and Sweden, 865
The Martyrs of Japan, 1597
Thomas Bray, Priest, Educationalist and Missionary, 1730
Janani Luwum, Archbishop of Uganda, and Martyr, 1977
Martin Luther, Renewer of the Church and Hymn Writer, 1546 [CW 31 October]
St. Matthias, Apostle [CW 14 May]
George Herbert, Priest and Poet, 1633 [LBW 1 March]
St. David, Bishop and Patron of Wales, c.601
John and Charles Wesley, Evangelists and Hymn Writers, 1791 and 1788 [CW 24 May]
Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, Priest and Poet, 1929
St. Patrick, Bishop, Missionary and Patron of Ireland, c.460
St. Joseph of Nazareth, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury and Reformation Martyr, 1556
John Donne, Priest and Poet, 1631
Frederick Denison Maurice, Priest, Novelist and Teacher of the Faith, 1872
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Lutheran Pastor, Teacher, Theologian, Poet and Martyr, 1945
William Law, Priest and Spiritual Writer, 1761
St. Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Teacher, 1109
St. George, Martyr and Patron of England, c.304
St. Mark, Evangelist
Christina Rossetti, Poet, 1894
St. Catherine of Siena, Teacher, 1380
St. Philip and St. James, Apostles
Saints and Martyrs of the Reformation Era - see Reformation Day,
October 51 Alcuin of York, Deacon, Abbot of Tours, Teacher and Poet, 804
St. Helena, Protectress of Holy Places, 330
The Venerable Bede, Scholar and Poet, 735
The Visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth
St. Justin, Martyr at Rome, c.165
St. Boniface (Wynfrith), Archbishop of Mainz, Missionary to Germany, and Martyr, 754
St. Columba, Abbot of Iona, and Missionary, 597 [Aidan, 651; Bede, 695; Confessors]
St. Barnabas, Apostle
Richard Baxter, Hymn Writer, 1691
Evelyn Underhill, Poet and Spiritual Writer, 1941
St. Alban, First Martyr of England, c.250
The Birth of St. John the Baptist
Presentation of the Augsburg Confession, 1530/Philipp Melanchthon, Renewer of the Church and Scholar, 1560
St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles
Catherine Winkworth, 1878 [John Mason Neale, 1866]; Hymn Writers
St. Thomas, Apostle [LBW 21 December]
Thomas More, Scholar and Reformation Martyr, 1535
Jan Hus, Scholar and Martyr, 1415
St. Benedict of Nursia, Abbot of Monte Cassino and Patron of Europe, c.550
John Keble, Priest, Poet and Renewer of the Church, 1866
St. Mary Magdalene
St. Bridget (Birgitta) of Sweden, Abbess of Vadstena, and Mystic, 1373
St. James, Apostle
Anne and Joachim, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Johann Sebastian Bach, 1750; Heinrich Schutz, 1672; George Frederick Handel, 1759; Musicians
Mary, Martha and Lazarus of Bethany, Companions of our Lord
John Mason Neale, Priest and Hymn Writer, 1866
St. Laurence, Deacon at Rome, and Martyr, 258
St. Clare of Assisi, Founder of the Minoresses (Poor Clares), 1253
John Henry Newman, Priest, Teacher, Novelist and Hymn Writer, 1890
Jeremy Taylor, Bishop and Teacher, 1667
The Blessed Virgin Mary
St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot and Teacher, 1153
St. Bartholomew, Apostle
St. Augustine of Hippo, Bishop and Teacher, 430
The Beheading of St. John the Baptist
John Bunyan, Spiritual Writer, 1688 [LBW 31 August]
Nikolai Grundtvig, Bishop, Renewer of the Church and Hymn Writer, 1872
St. Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, and Teacher, 604
The Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Holy Cross Day
Dag Hammarskjold, Peacemaker, 1961
St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
St. Michael and All Angels
St. Jerome, Translator and Teacher of the Faith, 420
Dedication of a Church if date unknown
St. Francis of Assisi, Friar and Deacon, 1226
William Tyndale, Translator, Teacher and Reformation Martyr, 1536
Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, Missionary to America, 1787
Thomas Traherne, Priest and Poet, 1674
Edith Cavell, Nurse, 1915
St. Teresa of Avila, Teacher and Poet, 1582 [LBW 14 December]
St. Luke, Evangelist and Physician
Henry Martyn, Translator and Missionary in India and Persia, 1812
Alfred, King of the West Saxons, and Scholar, 899
Philipp Nicolai, 1608; Johann Heermann, 1647; Paul Gerhardt, 1676; Hymn Writers
St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles
Reformation Day - Saints and Martyrs of the Reformation Era [CW Martin Luther, Reformer and Hymn Writer, 1546]
Saints and Martyrs of a Nation (of England and Wales)
St. Martin of Tours, Bishop, c.397
Samuel Seabury, First Anglican Bishop in North America, 1796
St. Margaret of Scotland, Queen of Scotland, Philanthropist and Reformer of the Church, 1093
Elizabeth of Hungary, Princess of Thuringia, and Philanthropist, 1231
St. Hilda, Abbess of Whitby, 680
Mechtild of Magdeburg, Mystic, 1280
St. Cecilia, Martyr at Rome and Patron of Music, c.230
Isaac Watts, Hymn Writer, 1748
St. Andrew, Apostle and Patron of Scotland
John of Damascus, Theologian and Hymn Writer, c.749
St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, c.326
St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, Teacher of the Faith and Hymn Writer, c.397
The Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Samuel Johnson, Writer, Moralist and Scholar, 1784
St. John of the Cross, Poet and Teacher, 1591
Christmas Eve
St. Stephen, Deacon and First Martyr
St. John, Apostle and Evangelist
The Holy Innocents

Sources and Acknowledgements
Index of Authors and Translators
Index of First Lines