Our St Chrysostom’s 2020 Kalendar has been issued.
There have been some delays this year as we’ve had quite extensive discussions about which holy women and men we will be observing. We explained our process and appealed for suggestions on an earlier blog post.
We like to have a balance between those commemorated by the whole church of God, and those commemorated locally by us – either because they are remembered in some way in church (for example by statue or icon) and those whose examples inspires or guides us in our Christian lives.
Our church calendar varies each year as we draw on the wealth and variety of the saints of God. We also seek balance and fresh inspiration. We are aware it’s not a perfect calendar and if you are like us you will find gaps, and have some questions or further suggestions. However we find the Kalendart is a good liturgical tool for us, and a help to our worship.
Of course our church calendar also contains the regular Sundays of the church’s year and other festivals, and there are guides to the colours used.
This year we have included some new commemorations which highlight the role of women in the church, and some which speak of liberation and social justice. In these categories, for example, we have St Margaret of Cortona, St Oscar Romero, Florence Li Tim-Oi, Eva Gore Booth and John Bradburne.
Some of the people commemorated you may not have heard of. Don’t worry! Here on the blog we are hoping to do blog posts about those commemorated, with a special focus on the lesser known holy ones.
The calendar is not the last word. We do allow for alterations in the year as needs or concerns arise, and we also like to keep an eye on appropriate international days of commemoration so that they too can be observed in an appropriate way at church.
Printed copies of the Kalendar are available at church or you can read an online edition here: 2020 Kalendar for St C’s.