In the Episcopal Church, our general kalendar is determined by the
General Convention of the Epsicopal Church and is published in the Book
of Common Prayer and Lesser Feasts and Fasts. Following
tradition, we at Holy Trinity - Saint Anskar extend veneration to those
worthies who, in the eyes of the community, have lived lives in which
we discern an abundance of God's grace or who have born notable witness
to the will of God.
- Traditionally, the veneration of particular saints begins
with local celebration. In the early centuries of the church, this
included local martyrs, whose tombs were sites of commemoration of
their witness. Later their relics were moved to the local parish
church, and typically enshrined in or under the altar, and ceremonial
remembrance of their lives became a regular aspect of parish life
everywhere. In time, particular saints received wider veneration,
and so began regional and universal church kalendars of commemorations.
The codification of these kalendars led to more centralized structures
for recognizing individuals as saints.
Here is a list of particular saints commemorated in our worship who may
not yet be recognized in the kalendar of the Epsicopal Church, or may
be commemorated on other days. A number of these saints are venerated
in other chuches.