Those are the major feasts, but let’s not forget the many other commemorations in August, including Joseph of Arimathea (1 Aug.) Joseph recovered Jesus’ body from the cross, and provided our Lord with a tomb (as attested in all four gospels). He was assisted by Nicodemus (3 August). St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney (the “Curé d’Ars”, d. 1859, feast 4 August), a simple parish priest who became a notable confessor, and was instrumental in a revival of piety in France. The Curé d’Ars is a patron of parish clergy. His image is in a window in our chapel of Christ the King.
On 7 August Bl. John Mason Neale is remembered. Neale (d. 1866) was responsible for a revival of Eucharistic devotion in the Church of England, as a leader in Ritualist Movement of which Grace Episcopal Church is an heir. Neale is also responsible for more hymns in our hymnal than any other translator or author.
Many other August saints are worthy of mention, including St. Dominic (founder of the Dominican order, and the originator of the Rosary), Clare of Assisi, Bl. Jeremy Taylor, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Augustine of Hippo, and our own Bl. Charles Grafton. Bp. Grafton will be commemorated with a Solemn Eucharist at the cathedral in Fond du Lac on 29 August (4 p.m.) The second bishop of Fond du Lac, Charles Grafton, was a leading figure in the revival of sacramental devotion and catholic worship in The Episcopal Church. His feast is on 30 August. The Grafton commemoration on 29 August will be part of the diocesan Eucharistic Festival (which begins at 11:00 a.m. Our own Archdeacon Michele Whitford will be the preacher at the festival eucharist.
Details! Details! If you are interested in exploring the stories and contributions of these saints, go to Mission of St Clare, click on the calendar link, and you will find links to wonderful hagiographies written by James Kiefer.