On the Kalendar: Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury

July from Les Petites Heures d'Anne de Bretagne

“July”, 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).

King Henry II had Thomas Becket; his son John had Stephen Langton. O, these meddlesome archbishops of Canterbury. Langton had . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury

On the Kalendar: Saint Alban, Proto-Martyr of Britain

June from Les Petites Heures d'Anne de Bretagne

“June”, 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).

Not much is known about Alban’s early life. His Legend begins when he met a Christian priest fleeing from persecutors . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: Saint Alban, Proto-Martyr of Britain

On the Kalendar: The Fourteen Holy Helpers

June from Les Petites Heures d'Anne de Bretagne

“June”, 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).

People are generally familiar with the major gods of Ancient Rome, if only because they lend their names to planets: . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: The Fourteen Holy Helpers

On the Kalendar: Vitus (Guy), Martyr, Holy Helper

June from Les Petites Heures d'Anne de Bretagne

“June”, 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).

According to his Legend, Vitus was martyred with Modestus and Crescentia under the Emperor Diocletian. Public veneration of the trio . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: Vitus (Guy), Martyr, Holy Helper

On the Kalendar: Ephrem of Edessa, Deacon, Hymn Writer, Doctor

June from Les Petites Heures d'Anne de Bretagne

“June”, 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).

Ephrem was a fourth–century hymnographer and theologian. He wrote a variety of hymns, poems, sermons, and exegeses. Over four hundred . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: Ephrem of Edessa, Deacon, Hymn Writer, Doctor

On the Kalendar: Saint Justin Martyr

June from Les Petites Heures d'Anne de Bretagne

“June”, 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).

Like many of the early martyrs, Justin was born to a pagan family. Born in Samaria in what is now . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: Saint Justin Martyr

On the Kalendar: David I, King of Scotland

May from Les Petites Heures d'Anne de Bretagne

“May”, 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).

David and his older brother Alexander were sons of Malcolm III of Scotland, but they are more commonly referred to . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: David I, King of Scotland

On the Kalendar: The Ice Saints

May from Les Petites Heures d'Anne de Bretagne

“May”, 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).

Our “On the Kalendar” post on Monday mentioned that Saint Boniface of Tarsus was one of the Ice Saints, and . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: The Ice Saints

On the Kalendar: Boniface of Tarsus, Martyr

May from Les Petites Heures d'Anne de Bretagne

“May”, 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).

Boniface of Tarsus is one of those fanciful saints who show up on the kalendar because of some extravagant legend, . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: Boniface of Tarsus, Martyr

On the Kalendar: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Lutheran Pastor, Martyr

April from Les Petites Heures d'Anne de Bretagne

“April”, 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).

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born in 1906, the sixth of eight children. At age 24, he was considered still to young . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Lutheran Pastor, Martyr