Lesser Feast Days of the Church

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Lesser Feast Days of the Church

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Ago 3, 2007, 9:08pm

Do many people try to worship on the lesser feast days of the church? The Day of Transfiguration is coming up on August 6, and the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 15. Nowadays, people remember the Transfiguration because of the Atomic bomb and Hiroshima in 1945; and the transfiguration for some is searingly ironic as a result. Many churches transfer the celebration, and the lessons for the Transfiguration are now read on some Sundayin the Epiphany season.

Ago 6, 2007, 10:04am

I've purposefully celebrated a lesser festivals and commemorations once. I was attending a St. James Lutheran and we had a midweek potluck for that day. But in general I think the lesser days are often ignored.

I think they are ignored because they often get ignored because they have a deep theological meaning beyond what they church wants to discuss. When was the last time you heard talk about the transfiguration anywhere in the church. While its signification I think the church would rather skip it's theological heaviness.

Editado: Ago 6, 2007, 11:16am

#2 The only non-Sundays regularly celebrated in Christianity are Christmas, Ash Wednesday, and Good Friday. Trinity is always on a Sunday, although frequently not well-preached. All Saint's Day is usually transferred to the nearest Sunday to Nov. 1. Many parishes are now transferring Ascension Day to the following Sunday. Maundy (Holy) Thursday has a greater frequency of celebration than the others and can only be done on a Thrusday, and sets in motion the Triduum, if you happen to go to a parish that likes that kind of ancient signifciance. Pentecost is always on a Sunday (the old Whitsunday in English tradition). Even Ash Wednesday is not entirely regular, as the Eastern Orthodox start off (Great) Lent on a Monday, not a Wednesday, and the Orthodox Easter is different from Western Easter about 70% of the time (i.e. either 1 week, 4 weeks or 5 weeks later).

More obscurely, January 1 is the Feast of the Holy Name, or of Mary the Mother of God, or other things depending on tradition. The dead are remembered on All Soul's Day, the day after All Saint's. Holy Cross Day is Sept 14. Corpus Christi is the Thursday following Trinity Sunday. Epiphany is on January 6. The Annunciation is March 25 (Note Christmas is exactly 9 months later). The Feast of the Presentation (of Our Lord in the Temple, or Candlemas) is February 2.

Ago 6, 2007, 12:13pm

I think we are talking about two different festivals and commemorations. I have a calendar with the majors festivals and commemorations which include much of what you've mentioned and a calendar of lesser festivals and commemorations which include days for the saints and other commemorations.
There is a good deal of neglect for the lesser of the major festivals and commemorations.

Ago 12, 2007, 4:36pm

I think I have been using the word "lesser" in a more common sense, rather than in a technical sense. There is a book the Episcopal Church uses called Lesser Feasts and Fasts and I don't think any day I mentioned in my postings is small enough to be in that publication. I was trying to avoid specific saint's day, the bulk of the lesser feasts, because many of these are very denomination specific.

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