On Weekday Feasts

the distant triumph song

Over the last two weeks, we’ve had two key feasts of the Christian year take place on weekdays: the Ascension and the Visitation. This got me thinking about how many of the Episcopal Church’s most important holy days don’t occur on Sunday mornings. Of the church’s seven principal feasts as outlined on page 15 of the Book of Common Prayer, a full four – Ascension Day, All Saints’ Day, Christmas Day, and the Epiphany – don’t always occur on Sundays (although, to be fair, All Saints’ can be transferred to the Sunday following November 1). Indeed, the Ascension never does. Sundays themselves are all Holy Days, of course. But none of the other Holy Days which take precedence over any Sunday (Holy Name, the Presentation, and the Transfiguration) always take place on Sundays, nor do the Holy Days which may be observed on Sundays outside of Advent, Lent, and…

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