On the Kalendar: Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, Doctor

January from Les Petites Heures d'Anne de Bretagne

“January”, kalendar page from Les Petites Heures d’Anne de Bretagne (The Little Hours of Queen Anne of Bretagne), by the Maître des Triomphes de Pétrarque. From Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris (France).

Hilary was born at Poitiers around the turn of the fourth century to a distinguished pagan family. He was highly educated, . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, Doctor

On the Kalendar: Aelred of Rievaulx

January from Les Petites Heures d'Anne de Bretagne

“January”, kalendar page from Les Petites Heures d’Anne de Bretagne (The Little Hours of Queen Anne of Bretagne), by the Maître des Triomphes de Pétrarque. From Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris (France).

Aelred was the sone of Eilaf, priest of Saint Andrew’s at Hexham, and so, according to the 1095 Council of Claremont, . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: Aelred of Rievaulx

On the Kalendar: Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury

December from Les Petites Heures d'Anne de Bretagne

Thomas Becket was born in Cheapside, London, to a family of somewhat better than modest means. His father Gilbert was either a small landowner or a petty knight, who may have worked for some time as a textile merchant. By the time Thomas was born, Gilbert was a property owner, living on the rental income . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury

On the Kalendar: Lucy, Sicilian Martyr

December from Les Petites Heures d'Anne de Bretagne

According to the 5th-century Acts of the Martyrs, a disappointed suitor denounced Lucy as a Christian, and she was executed in Syracuse, Sicily, in A.D. 304, during the Diocletian Persecution. She was born to noble parents, but her father died when she was five years ago, leaving her and her mother Eutychia without a guardian. . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: Lucy, Sicilian Martyr

On the Kalendar: Nicholas Ferrar, Deacon, Founder of the Little Gidding Community

December from Les Petites Heures d'Anne de Bretagne

Nicholas Ferrar was born in London in 1592. He took his BA at Clare Hall, Cambridge, in 1610, and obtained a position in the retinue of Princess Elizabeth, daughter of James I and wife of the Elector Frederick V. He travelled abroad with the Princess, but quickly set off on his own, visiting most of . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: Nicholas Ferrar, Deacon, Founder of the Little Gidding Community

On the Kalendar: Isaac Watts, Hymn Writer

November from Les Petites Heures d'Anne de Bretagne

Isaac Watts was a Congregational minister and a prolific and popular hymn writer. He is credited with over 750 hymn texts; the 1940 Hymnal contains eleven of his hymns. He is often called the “Godfather of English Hymnody”.

“November”, kalendar page from Les Petites Heures d’Anne de Bretagne (The Little Hours of Queen . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: Isaac Watts, Hymn Writer

On the Kalendar: Saint Cecilia

November from Les Petites Heures d'Anne de Bretagne

Cecilia may or may not have been real, and the stories about her and her companions are certainly fictional, but she has remained securely ensconced on the kalendar since the fourth century.

“November”, kalendar page from Les Petites Heures d’Anne de Bretagne (The Little Hours of Queen Anne of Bretagne), by the Maître . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: Saint Cecilia

Consecration of Samuel Seabury, First American Bishop

November from Les Petites Heures d'Anne de Bretagne

Samuel Seabury was born in North Groton, CT, in 1729. His father (also named Samuel) was a Congregationalist minister who was later ordained deacon and priest in the Church of England in 1720. Samuel the younger was graduated from Yale in 1748, and then travelled to Edinburgh, Scotland, where he studied medicine. In 1753, he . . . → Read More: Consecration of Samuel Seabury, First American Bishop

On the Kalendar: Crispin and Crispinian, Martyrs

October from Les Petites Heures d'Anne de Bretagne

Crispin and Crispinian were cobblers in 3rd-century Rome who fled to Gaul because of persecution. Born to a noble family, they wound up in Soissons, in the north of France, where they preached the Gospel by day and made shoes by night, in imitation of Saint Paul. They were brothers, and they may have been . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: Crispin and Crispinian, Martyrs

On the Kalendar: Nicholas Ridley, Bishop of London, and Hugh Latimer, Bishop of Worcester, Martyrs

October from Les Petites Heures d'Anne de Bretagne

“October”, kalendar page from Les Petites Heures d’Anne de Bretagne (The Little Hours of Queen Anne of Bretagne), by the Maître des Triomphes de Pétrarque. From Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris (France).

Nicholas Ridley was a prominent churchman during the reign of Henry VIII. While at Cambridge, he was instrumental in developing the . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: Nicholas Ridley, Bishop of London, and Hugh Latimer, Bishop of Worcester, Martyrs