Selection of English Saints' Day and Festivals

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The influence of the medieval chuch in creating and observing Saints' Days led to the recording of tevents by reference to the feast day, or saints' day rather than the direct system of dating by day, month and year.

Saints' Days and Festivals

Saints' Day or Festival

Modern Observance

Advent Sunday Sunday nearest to Feast of Saint Andrew
All Hallows or All Saints Day 1 Nov
All Souls' Day 2 Nov
Andrew, Andreas, Andreae, apostle 30 Nov
Feast of Anna, Anne, mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary 26 July
Annunciatio of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Annuniciatio dominica - Lady Day 25 March
Ascension Day or Holy Thursday, Ascensio, Ascensa, domini (in celum) Thursday following Rogation Sunday, 40 days after Easter
Ash Wednesday 1st Day of Lent
Assumptio domini, Christi Old name for Ascension Day
Black Monday Easter Monday
Candlemas Day, Candelaria, Candelatio 2 Feb
Cantate 4th Sunday after Easter
Capitiluvium Palm Sunday
Caput jejunii Ash Wednesday
Caramentranun, Caremprenium Shrove Tuesday
Caresme Lent (40 days of fasting)
Carnibrevium Shrove Tuesday
Carniprivium novum Quinquagesima Sunday
Carniprivium sacerdotum Septuagesima Sunday
Carniprivium vetus Quadragesima Sunday
Carnivora Shrove Tuesday
Christmas Day 25 December
Circumdederunt Septuagesima Sunday
Clausum Pentecostes Trinity Sunday
Commovisti terram et conturbasti eam Sexagesima Sunday
Corpus Christi or Body of Christ Thursday after Trinity Sunday
Crucis, Adoratio (or dies sancte crucis adorate, dies crucis adorande, veneris dis adoratus Good Friday
David of Wales, bishop and confessor 1 March
  •    Adoratus
  •  Good Friday
  •    animarum (All Souls Day
  •  2 Nov
  •    burarum
  •  1st Sunday in Lent
  •    cinerum
  •  Ash Wednesday
  •    crucis adorande, adorate
  •  Good Friday
  •    dominica, dominicus (Day of Our Lord)
  •  Sunday or Easter Day
  •    felicissimus
  •  Easter Day
  •    florum atque ramorum
  •  Palm Sunday
  •    jovis
  •  Thursday
  •    lune
  •  Monday
  •    magnus
  •  Easter Day
  •    mandati
  •  Maundy Thursday
  •    martis
  •  Tuesday
  •    mercurii, mercurinus, mercoris
  •  Wednesday
  •    osanne palmarum ramorum
  •  Palm Sunday, 6th Sunday in Lent
  •    sabbati
  •  Saturday
  •    sante crucis adorate
  •  Good Friday
  •    veneris
  •  Friday
  •    veneris dies adorate
  •  Good Friday

Dimanche repus or reprus

 Passion Sunday
Domine, ne longe Palm Sunday
Dominica ad carnes levandas or tollendas Quinquagesima Sunday
Dominica ante brandones Quinquagesima Sunday
Dominica bendicta  Trinity Sunday
Dominica duplex Trinity Sunday
Dominica indulgentie, indulgentiae Palm Sunday
Dominica ramis palmarum Palm Sunday
Dominica mediana Passion Sunday
Dominica olivarum Palm Sunday
Dominica osanna Palm Sunday
Dominica in passione domini Passion Sunday
Dominica Quadraginta Quinquagesima Sunday