In the back of my mind, there are three times of year that stand out as being particularly saturated with significant Saints’ Days: Christmas, mid-November, and late July. I haven’t studied the sanctoral calendar closely to see how accurate these impressions are, but I think it’s worth pointing it out now that we’re in one of those periods of time.
Consider this. Three major feast days are just ahead:
- St. Mary Magdalene (22 July)
- St. James (25 July)
- The Transfiguration (6 August)
Among the Optional Commemorations there are four coming up that this Customary particularly highlights as feasts to be kept:
- St. Gregory of Nyssa (19 July)
- The Parents of the Virgin Mary (26 July)
- Sts. Lazarus, Mary, and Martha of Bethany (29 July)
- St. Joseph of Arimathea (1 August)
There are also some classical Saints’ days worth considering:
- St. Macrina (18 July)
- St. Margaret of Antioch (20 July)
- St. Thomas a Kempis (24 July)
And a few more recent folks remembered in our calendar:
- William White (17 July)
- William Reed Huntington (27 July)
- William Wilberforce (30 July)
Huh, maybe I should’ve named this post “Williamtide”, haha.
Let us also consider jotting down a new name into our calendars, remembering another faithful servant who ran his course well:
- 17 July: J. I. Packer, Priest and Teacher of the Faith, 2020
May their memories ever be a blessing to us all.