DAYS AND FEASTS

THEIR MEANINGS.

All-Hallowe’en. —The eve before All-Mallows Day. Haligan was the Anglo-Saxon for holy.

All Saints’ Day.

In reality, the day was intended to serve for all those saints who had not a well-recognized day of their own.

Ascension Day.

The day on which the ascension of Our Lord is commemorated.

Ash Wednesday.

The Lord said to Adam ‘For dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.’ Ash Wednesday is a reminder.

Boxing Day.

The day on which alms-boxes in the public places were opened and the contents handed to the poor.

Candlemas.

The occasion on which the Christians carried lighted candles to mass.

Christmas—The presumed anniversary of the birth of Christ.

Easter.

Originally the feast of Spring; the word was accepted for the Religious Festival at about the same time of the year.

Ember Days.

From amyrie, the Anglo-Saxon for hot ashes. People wore sack-cloth and ashes on the following days, when they spent their time in fasting and praying, I.e., three days after the first Sunday in Lent, Whitsunday, the middle of September, and the middle of December.

Epiphany.

Fiom the Greek, epiphaneia, an appearance. When the Infant Saviour appeared before the Three Wise Men.

Good Friday.

A corruption of God’s Friday.

Holy Week.

The week in which Christ’s crucifixion occurred.

Lady Day.

The day when the angel of the Lord appeared to Mary, who afterwards became the Mother of Jesus.

Lammas Day.

The day on which bread made from the corn, just harvested was broken in church. From hlaf, loaf, and maces, feast.

Lent.

From Lenten, meaning spring.

Michaelmas Day.

The feast of St. Michael.

Palm Sunday.

In memory of the branches of the palm which the people carried when they escorted Jesus to Jerusalem.

Passover.

To recall the occasion when the Destroying Angel ‘passed over’ the houses of the Israelites, after they had smeared the door posts with blood.

Pentecost.

Pente-koste means 50th day; I.e., the festival of Whitsuntide.

Quadragesima Sunday.

Forty days before Easter.

Quinquagesima Sunday.

Fifty days before Easter.

Rogation Sunday.

The Sunday before Ascension Day. Rogare is the Latin for ‘beseech.’ St. Swithin’s Day.

St. Swithin was to be buried in the choir of the cathedral of Win- chester, against his wishes, and when the ceremony was on the point of being performed, a terrible rain storm took place. The ceremony was put off to the next day, but a fresh storm necessitated a further postponement. This happened for thirty-nine days. On the.fortieth day, it was decided to bury the saint in the churchyard in accordance with his wishes and the succession of storms ceased. Since, it has been said that if it rains on St. Swithin’s Day, it will rain for the next thirty-nine days.

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