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Calendar of saints (Anglican Church of Southern Africa)

The Calendar of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa is published in An Anglican Prayer Book 1989.[1]

The Preface to the calendar in the Prayer Book describes its purpose: The Church's Year both commemorates and proclaims how God came down from heaven to earth in Jesus Christ, who still lives among us by the Holy Spirit until he comes again at the end of time. The yearly observance of the holy days of the Calendar is a celebration of what God has done and is doing for our salvation.

Holy Days are distinguished as Great Festivals (being the principal celebrations), Festivals (celebrating New Testament events), Commemorations (recalling particular individuals and events), and other Special Days - the observance of the former taking precedence over the latter in the event of clashes. The Preface to the calendar describes the commemorations as occasions: when the Church thankfully recalls the work and witness of men and women through whom Christ's saving victory has been manifested from the time of the apostles to the present day.

Great Festivals

These Festivals may occur on different dates in each year and fall principally on a designated day of the week; and they relate to, and are determined by, the seasons of Christmas and Easter.

  • The Four Sundays in Advent
  • Christmas Day (25 December)
  • The First Sunday after Christmas
  • The Second Sunday after Christmas (in some years)
  • The Epiphany (6 January)
  • The First Sunday of the Year: The Baptism of Christ
  • The Second, Third and Fourth Sundays of the Year

According to the date of Easter the Fifth to Ninth Sundays of the Year may occur before Lent

Festivals and commemorations

Festivals are shown in bold text and commemorations are shown in regular type. While this list shares many similarities with other calendars in the Anglican Communion, it is specific to Southern Africa and is determined by the Southern African Synod of Bishops.













Special Days

Days of Special Devotion are Ash Wednesday, the weekdays of Holy Week (including the Easter Vigil), and the weekdays of Easter Week. Additionally Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are fast days.

Ember Days fall on the following Sundays (and include the Wednesday and Friday prior): the Third Sunday in Advent, the Second Sunday in Lent, Trinity Sunday, and the Twenty Sixth Sunday of the Year. On these days particularly prayers are offered for theological institutions, the ordained, and those preparing for ordination.

Rogation Days are the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday following the Twenty Eighth Sunday of the Year and can be moved to suit local custom. On these days God's blessing is asked for the fruitfulness of the earth and peoples labour.

The Harvest Thanksgiving is celebrated according to local custom.

Evening Prayer on the eve of Christmas, Pentecost, and Ascension are services of special preparation for those Festivals.

See also


  1. The Provincial Trustees of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (1989). An Anglican Prayer Book 1989. Collins Liturgical Publications. pp. 17–33. ISBN 0-00-599180-3. 
  2. Anon (2013). "St. Elizabeth Paul Memorial Service 2013". Diocese of Mthatha. Retrieved 2014-05-11.