045 Podtronal Feasts

When do parishes celebrate their patronal feast or feast of title? Does it matter? And what about transferring other feasts to Sunday during the year?

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  1. Isn't the Patronial Feast about the reason why it was chosen and how that saint relates directly to your own particular congregation and community? It is an snnual reminder which should stay with you all year long.

  2. My church (Grace Church) celebrates St. Michael as its patron: our rose window is of Michael the Archangel slaying the dragon! It is also a convenient time of year. The feast is celebrated liturgically as well as with a meal after the service. The two morning services are combined into one for the occasion.

    One thing I would note about transferring feasts to Sundays, or observing them when they fall on the Sunday, is the following wording from page 16 of the BCP:

    “When desired, however, the Collect, Preface, and one or more of the Lessons appointed for the Feast may be substituted for those of the Sunday, but not from the Last Sunday after Pentecost through the First Sunday after the Epiphany, or from the Last Sunday after the Epiphany through Trinity Sunday.”

    And because there are no laws about liturgical colors, you could use white or red. You could also include thematic hymns, processions and incense, or whatever else makes a celebration.

    On a side note, I’d be interested to hear you talk about the Feast of Dedication, as this has actual propers (readings, collect, preface). What do you do when this falls on a major feast? How do churches celebrate this, either liturgically or non-liturgically?


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