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Holy Days 2021

* We commend the C of E 'Daily Prayer' online readings, which compliment the prayers we provide on Facebook.  You can follow online, or by downloading and running the app suitable for youir device. More information here

You might also benefit from checking out those whose names we remember on these days - see dates below. 


        1   The Naming and Circumcision of Jesus

        2   Basil the Great and Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishops, Teachers of the Faith, 379 and 389

        2   Seraphim, Monk of Sarov, Spiritual Guide, 1833

        2   Vedanayagam Samuel Azariah, Bishop in South India, Evangelist, 1945

        6   The Epiphany

      10   William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1645

      11   Mary Slessor, Missionary in West Africa, 1915

      12   Aelred of Hexham, Abbot of Rievaulx, 1167

      12   Benedict Biscop, Abbot of Wearmouth, Scholar, 689

      13   Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, Teacher of the Faith, 367

      13   Kentigern (Mungo), Missionary Bishop in Strathclyde and Cumbria, 603

      13   George Fox, Founder of the Society of Friends (the Quakers), 1691

      17   Antony of Egypt, Hermit, Abbot, 356

      17   Charles Gore, Bishop, Founder of the Community of the Resurrection, 1932

18–25   Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

      18   Amy Carmichael, Founder of the Dohnavur Fellowship, spiritual writer, 1951

      19   Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester, 1095

      20   Richard Rolle of Hampole, Spiritual Writer, 1349

      21   Agnes, Child Martyr at Rome, 304

      22   Vincent of Saragossa, Deacon, first Martyr of Spain, 304

      24   Francis de Sales, Bishop of Geneva, Teacher of the Faith, 1622

      25    The Conversion of Paul

      26   Timothy and Titus, Companions of Paul

      28   Thomas Aquinas, Priest, Philosopher, Teacher of the Faith, 1274

      30   Charles, King and Martyr, 1649

      31   John Bosco, Priest, Founder of the Salesian Teaching Order, 1888



  1   Brigid, Abbess of Kildare, c.525

   2   The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)

  3   Anskar, Archbishop of Hamburg, Missionary in Denmark and Sweden, 865

  4   Gilbert of Sempringham, Founder of the Gilbertine Order, 1189

  6   The Martyrs of Japan, 1597

10   Scholastica, sister of Benedict, Abbess of Plombariola, c.543

14   Cyril and Methodius, Missionaries to the Slavs, 869 and 885

14   Valentine, Martyr at Rome, c.269

15   Sigfrid, Bishop, Apostle of Sweden, 1045

15   Thomas Bray, Priest, Founder of the SPCK and the SPG, 1730

17   Janani Luwum, Archbishop of Uganda, Martyr, 1977

23   Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, Martyr, c.155

27   George Herbert, Priest, Poet, 1633

Alternative dates

Matthias may be celebrated on 24 February instead of 14 May.



  1   David, Bishop of Menevia, Patron of Wales, c.601

   2   Chad, Bishop of Lichfield, Missionary, 672

   7   Perpetua, Felicity and their Companions, Martyrs at Carthage, 203

   8   Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln, 1910

   8   Felix, Bishop, Apostle to the East Angles, 647

   8   Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, Priest, Poet, 1929

 17   Patrick, Bishop, Missionary, Patron of Ireland, c.460

 18   Cyril, Bishop of Jerusalem, Teacher of the Faith, 386

 19   Joseph of Nazareth

 20   Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindisfarne, Missionary, 687

 21   Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, Reformation Martyr, 1556

 24   Walter Hilton of Thurgarton, Augustinian Canon, Mystic, 1396

 24   Paul Couturier, Priest, Ecumenist, 1953

 24   Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, Martyr, 1980

 25   The Annunciation of Our Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary

 26   Harriet Monsell, Founder of the Community of St John the Baptist, 1883

 31   John Donne, Priest, Poet, 1631

 Alternative dates

Chad may be celebrated with Cedd on 26 October instead of 2 March.

 Cuthbert may be celebrated on 4 September instead of 20 March.


  1   Frederick Denison Maurice, Priest, Teacher of the Faith, 1872

   9   Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Lutheran Pastor, Martyr, 1945

 10   William Law, Priest, Spiritual Writer, 1761

 10   William of Ockham, Friar, Philosopher, Teacher of the Faith, 1347

 11   George Augustus Selwyn, first Bishop of New Zealand, 1878

 16   Isabella Gilmore, Deaconess, 1923

19   Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr, 1012

21   Anselm, Abbot of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher of the Faith, 1109

23   George, Martyr, Patron of England, c.304

24   Mellitus, Bishop of London, first Bishop at St Paul’s, 624

24   The Seven Martyrs of the Melanesian Brotherhood, Solomon Islands, 2003

25   Mark the Evangelist

27   Christina Rossetti, Poet, 1894

28   Peter Chanel, Missionary in the South Pacific, Martyr, 1841

29   Catherine of Siena, Teacher of the Faith, 1380

30   Pandita Mary Ramabai, Translator of the Scriptures, 1922


  1   Philip and James, Apostles

  2   Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, Teacher of the Faith, 373

  4   English Saints and Martyrs of the Reformation Era

  8   Julian of Norwich, Spiritual Writer, c.1417

12   Gregory Dix, Priest, Monk, Scholar, 1952

14   Matthias the Apostle

16   Caroline Chisholm, Social Reformer, 1877

19   Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, Restorer of Monastic Life, 988

20   Alcuin of York, Deacon, Abbot of Tours, 804

21   Helena, Protector of the Holy Places, 330

24   John and Charles Wesley, Evangelists, Hymn Writers, 1791 and 1788

25   The Venerable Bede, Monk at Jarrow, Scholar, Historian, 735

25   Aldhelm, Bishop of Sherborne, 709

 26   Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, 605

26   John Calvin, Reformer, 1564

26   Philip Neri, Founder of the Oratorians, Spiritual Guide, 1595

28   Lanfranc, Prior of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, Scholar, 1089

30   Josephine Butler, Social Reformer, 1906

30   Joan of Arc, Visionary, 1431

30   Apolo Kivebulaya, Priest, Evangelist in Central Africa, 1933

31   The Visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth


Alternative dates

Matthias may be celebrated on 24 February instead of 14 May.

 The Visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth may be celebrated on 2 July instead of 31 May.


  1   Justin, Martyr at Rome, c.165

  3   The Martyrs of Uganda, 1885-7 and 1977

   4   Petroc, Abbot of Padstow, 6th century

   5   Boniface (Wynfrith) of Crediton, Bishop, Apostle of Germany, Martyr, 754

   6   Ini Kopuria, Founder of the Melanesian Brotherhood, 1945

   8   Thomas Ken, Bishop of Bath and Wells, Nonjuror, Hymn Writer, 1711

   9   Columba, Abbot of Iona, Missionary, 597

   9   Ephrem of Syria, Deacon, Hymn Writer, Teacher of the Faith, 373

 11   Barnabas the Apostle

 14   Richard Baxter, Puritan Divine, 1691

 15   Evelyn Underhill, Spiritual Writer, 1941

 16   Richard, Bishop of Chichester, 1253

 16   Joseph Butler, Bishop of Durham, Philosopher, 1752

 17   Samuel and Henrietta Barnett, Social Reformers, 1913 and 1936

 18   Bernard Mizeki, Apostle of the MaShona, Martyr, 1896

 19   Sundar Singh of India, Sadhu (holy man), Evangelist, Teacher of the Faith, 1929

 22   Alban, first Martyr of Britain, c.250

 23   Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely, c.678

 24   The Birth of John the Baptist

 27   Cyril, Bishop of Alexandria, Teacher of the Faith, 444

 28   Irenæus, Bishop of Lyons, Teacher of the Faith, c.200

 29   Peter and Paul, Apostles

 Alternative dates

Peter the Apostle may be celebrated alone, without Paul, on 29 June.


  1   Henry, John, and Henry Venn the younger, Priests, Evangelical Divines, 1797, 1813 and 1873

   3   Thomas the Apostle

   6   Thomas More, Scholar, and John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, Reformation Martyrs, 1535

 11   Benedict of Nursia, Abbot of Monte Cassino, Father of Western Monasticism, c.550

 14   John Keble, Priest, Tractarian, Poet, 1866

 15   Swithun, Bishop of Winchester, c.862

 15   Bonaventure, Friar, Bishop, Teacher of the Faith, 1274

 16   Osmund, Bishop of Salisbury, 1099

 18   Elizabeth Ferard, first Deaconess of the Church of England, Founder of the Community of St Andrew, 1883

 19   Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa, and his sister Macrina, Deaconess, Teachers of the Faith, c.394 and c.379

 20   Margaret of Antioch, Martyr, 4th century

 20   Bartolomé de las Casas, Apostle to the Indies, 1566

 22   Mary Magdalene

 23   Bridget of Sweden, Abbess of Vadstena, 1373

 25   James the Apostle

 26   Anne and Joachim, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 27   Brooke Foss Westcott, Bishop of Durham, Teacher of the Faith, 1901

 29   Mary, Martha and Lazarus, Companions of Our Lord

 30   William Wilberforce, Social Reformer

 Olaudah Equiano and Thomas Clarkson

 Anti-Slavery Campaigners, 1833, 1797 and 1846

 31   Ignatius of Loyola, Founder of the Society of Jesus, 1556

 Alternative dates

The Visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth may be celebrated on 2 July instead of 31 May.

 Thomas the Apostle may be celebrated on 21 December instead of 3 July.

 Thomas Becket may be celebrated on 7 July instead of 29 December.


  4    Jean-Baptiste Vianney, Curé d’Ars, Spiritual Guide, 1859

   5   Oswald, King of Northumbria, Martyr, 642

   6   The Transfiguration of Our Lord

   7    John Mason Neale, Priest, Hymn Writer, 1866

   8   Dominic, Priest, Founder of the Order of Preachers, 1221

   9   Mary Sumner, Founder of the Mothers’ Union, 1921

 10   Laurence, Deacon at Rome, Martyr, 258

 11   Clare of Assisi, Founder of the Minoresses (Poor Clares), 1253

 11    John Henry Newman, Priest, Tractarian, 1890

 13   Jeremy Taylor, Bishop of Down and Connor, Teacher of the Faith, 1667

 13    Florence Nightingale, Nurse, Social Reformer, 1910

 13    Octavia Hill, Social Reformer, 1912

 14    Maximilian Kolbe, Friar, Martyr, 1941

 15   The Blessed Virgin Mary

 20   Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, Teacher of the Faith, 1153

 20    William and Catherine Booth, Founders of the Salvation Army, 1912 and 1890

 24   Bartholomew the Apostle

 27   Monica, mother of Augustine of Hippo, 387

 28   Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, Teacher of the Faith, 430

 29   The Beheading of John the Baptist

 30   John Bunyan, Spiritual Writer, 1688

 31   Aidan, Bishop of Lindisfarne, Missionary, 651

 Alternative dates

The Blessed Virgin Mary may be celebrated on 8 September instead of 15 August.


  1    Giles of Provence, Hermit, c.710

   2    The Martyrs of Papua New Guinea, 1901 and 1942

   3   Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, Teacher of the Faith, 604

   4    Birinus, Bishop of Dorchester (Oxon), Apostle of Wessex, 650

   6    Allen Gardiner, Missionary, Founder of the South American Mission Society, 1851

   8   The Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary

   9    Charles Fuge Lowder, Priest, 1880

 13   John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, Teacher of the Faith, 407

 14   Holy Cross Day

 15   Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, Martyr, 258

 16   Ninian, Bishop of Galloway, Apostle of the Picts, c.432

 16    Edward Bouverie Pusey, Priest, Tractarian, 1882

 17   Hildegard, Abbess of Bingen, Visionary, 1179

 19    Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury, 690

 20   John Coleridge Patteson, First Bishop of Melanesia, and his Companions, Martyrs, 1871

 21   Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

 25   Lancelot Andrewes, Bishop of Winchester, Spiritual Writer, 1626

 25    Sergei of Radonezh, Russian Monastic Reformer, Teacher of the Faith, 1392

 26    Wilson Carlile, Founder of the Church Army, 1942

 27   Vincent de Paul, Founder of the Congregation of the Mission (Lazarists), 1660

 29   Michael and All Angels

 30    Jerome, Translator of the Scriptures, Teacher of the Faith, 420

 Alternative dates

Cuthbert may be celebrated on 4 September instead of 20 March.


  1    Remigius, Bishop of Rheims, Apostle of the Franks, 533

   1    Anthony Ashley Cooper, Earl of Shaftesbury, Social Reformer, 1885

   3    George Bell, Bishop of Chichester, Ecumenist, Peacemaker, 1958

   4   Francis of Assisi, Friar, Deacon, Founder of the Friars Minor, 1226

   6   William Tyndale, Translator of the Scriptures, Reformation Martyr, 1536

   9    Denys, Bishop of Paris, and his Companions, Martyrs, c.250

   9    Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln, Philosopher, Scientist, 1253

 10   Paulinus, Bishop of York, Missionary, 644

 10    Thomas Traherne, Poet, Spiritual Writer, 1674

 11    Ethelburga, Abbess of Barking, 675

 11    James the Deacon, companion of Paulinus, 7th century

 12   Wilfrid of Ripon, Bishop, Missionary, 709

 12    Elizabeth Fry, Prison Reformer, 1845

 12    Edith Cavell, Nurse, 1915

 13   Edward the Confessor, King of England, 1066

 15   Teresa of Avila, Teacher of the Faith, 1582

 16    Nicholas Ridley, Bishop of London, and Hugh Latimer, Bishop of Worcester, Reformation Martyrs, 1555

 17   Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, Martyr, c.107

 18   Luke the Evangelist

 19   Henry Martyn, Translator of the Scriptures, Missionary in India and Persia, 1812

 25    Crispin and Crispinian, Martyrs at Rome, c.287

 26   Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons, Scholar, 899

 26    Cedd, Abbot of Lastingham, Bishop of the East Saxons, 664

 28   Simon and Jude, Apostles

 29   James Hannington, Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa, Martyr in Uganda, 1885

 31    Martin Luther, Reformer, 1546

 Alternative dates

Chad may be celebrated with Cedd on 26 October instead of 2 March.


  1   All Saints’ Day

   2   Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day)

   3   Richard Hooker, Priest, Anglican Apologist, Teacher of the Faith, 1600

   3    Martin of Porres, Friar, 1639

   6    Leonard, Hermit, 6th century

   6    William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher of the Faith, 1944

   7   Willibrord of York, Bishop, Apostle of Frisia, 739

   8   The Saints and Martyrs of England

   9    Margery Kempe, Mystic, c.1440

 10   Leo the Great, Bishop of Rome, Teacher of the Faith, 461

 11   Martin, Bishop of Tours, c.397

 13   Charles Simeon, Priest, Evangelical Divine, 1836

 14    Samuel Seabury, first Anglican Bishop in North America, 1796

 16   Margaret, Queen of Scotland, Philanthropist, Reformer of the Church, 1093

 16    Edmund Rich of Abingdon, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1240

 17   Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln, 1200

 18   Elizabeth of Hungary, Princess of Thuringia, Philanthropist, 1231

 19   Hilda, Abbess of Whitby, 680

 19    Mechtild, Béguine of Magdeburg, Mystic, 1280

 20   Edmund, King of the East Angles, Martyr, 870

 20    Priscilla Lydia Sellon, a Restorer of the Religious Life in the Church of England, 1876

 22    Cecilia, Martyr at Rome, c.230

 23   Clement, Bishop of Rome, Martyr, c.100

 25    Catherine of Alexandria, Martyr, 4th century

 25    Isaac Watts, Hymn Writer, 1748

 29   Day of Intercession and Thanksgiving for the Missionary Work of the Church

 30   Andrew the Apostle



  1    Charles de Foucauld, Hermit in the Sahara, 1916

   3    Francis Xavier, Missionary, Apostle of the Indies, 1552

   4    John of Damascus, Monk, Teacher of the Faith, c.749

   4    Nicholas Ferrar, Deacon, Founder of the Little Gidding Community, 1637

   6   Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, c.326

   7   Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, Teacher of the Faith, 397

   8   The Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 13   Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304

 13    Samuel Johnson, Moralist, 1784

 14   John of the Cross, Poet, Teacher of the Faith, 1591

 17   O Sapientia

 17    Eglantyne Jebb, Social Reformer, Founder of ‘Save The Children’, 1928

 24   Christmas Eve

 25   Christmas Day

 26   Stephen, Deacon, First Martyr

 27   John, Apostle and Evangelist

 28   The Holy Innocents

 29   Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr, 1170

 31    John Wyclif, Reformer, 1384

 Alternative dates

Thomas the Apostle may be celebrated on 21 December instead of 3 July.

 Thomas Becket may be celebrated on 7 July instead of 29 December.