The Kalendarby Fr. Karl


August 2015

The month of August includes three major and a number of lesser feasts.

  • Feast of the Transfiguration, 6 August (to be celebrated with a Solemn Eucharist at 6 p.m.): Commemorating the time when Jesus was transfigured before Peter, James and John; when His glory was revealed and God the Father commanded, “This is my beloved Son ... listen to him” (Mt. 17.1-8; Mk. 9.2-8; Lk. 9.29-35). The figure of the transfigured Jesus is a foreshadowing of the risen and ascended Lord, of Jesus in His glory. Peter, James and John see Him as He really is, and not with His glory veiled. This reminds us that as we are created in the “image and likeness of God” (Gen 1.26-28), we too will rise one day in glory.

    Transfiguration was not adopted on the Western calendar until the very eve of the Reformation, and so was not included in the Prayer Book calendar. In the 1892 revision to the American Book of Common Prayer this feast was included, and from this revision the observance has spread to all Anglican provinces.

  • Feast of the Assumption (St. Mary the Virgin) (15 August) transferred to 17 August: We will offer our devotions at a 6 p.m. Solemn Mass, to the human being closest to our Lord, and the tradition that at her death Mary was assumed into heaven.

  • St. Bartholomew the Apostle, (24 August): We know very little about Bartholomew (“son of Tolmai”). He is always mentioned in connection with Philip, who brought him to Jesus. Tradition teaches that he preached and was martyred in Asia Minor. His feast is perhaps better remembered for the massacre in 1572, in which mob violence led to the deaths of thousands of French Huguenots.

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.

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