Quaerentes in Extremis
Important Dates & Holidays
- Solemnity of Mary – January 1st
- Epiphany – January 6th
- St Kentigern or Mungo – January 13
- St Bride of Kildare, (abbess, died c.525. Celtic saint) – February 1
- Ash Wednesday – February 4th to March 10th),
- St Baldred (hermit follower of St Kentigern and hermit; died c.608) – February 6
- Easter – Varies
- Ascension April 30th – June 3rd
- Pentecost – Varies (10th Day after Ascension Thursday)
- Holy Trinity – Sunday after Pentecost
- Corpus Christi – Sunday after Trinity Sunday
- St Columba (abbot and missionary; 521—597) – June 10
- Assumption of Mary – August 15th
- St. Ninian of Whithorne – August 26
- St. Regulas Feast Day – October 17
- All Saints Day – November 1st
- Queen Margaret’s Death (Becomes a St. in 1250) – November 16
- St. Andrew (patron of Scotland) – November 30
- 1st Sunday of Advent – November 27 to December 3rd
- Immaculate Conception – December 8th
- Christmas – December 25th
Solemnity of Mary: A celebration commemorating Saint Anne the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Epiphany: The celebration of the coming of the magi to visit the Christ child. It is the last of the 12 days of Christmas.
Ash Wednesday: The first day of Lent, occurring 40 days, excluding Sundays, before Easter. Supplicants are marked on the forehead with ashes in the shape of a cross.
Easter: Two days after Good Friday, this holiday celebrates the ascension of Christ. Often called a movable feast, this holiday occurs on the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon (the first moon whose 14th day is on or after March 21st).
Ascension: The celebration of Christ’s ascension to heaven following his resurrection. It is the 40th day of Easter and therefore celebrated 40 days after Easter Sunday taking place on a Thursday.
Pentecost: The 10th day after Ascension Thursday this is the commemoration of the Holy Spirit descending upon the Apostles and followers of Christ.
Holy Trinity: A celebration of the father, son and Holy Spirit taking place on the first Sunday after Pentecost.
Corpus Christi: The commemoration of the Eucharist, the partaking of the body and blood of Christ. It takes place the first Sunday after the Trinity is celebrated.
Assumption of Mary: This feast day is in celebration of the bodily assumption of Mary into heaven.
All Saints Day: This feast day commemorates all of the saints known and unknown. It is in honor of those that have attained the beatific vision of heaven. All Souls Day follows this day.
1st Sunday of Advent: This Sunday is the 4th Sunday before Christmas and marks the beginning of Advent. It is the beginning of the celebrations of the Nativity of Christ.
Immaculate Conception: This celebration marks the miraculous conception of Mary. Her birth took place in a state of divine grace unmarked by the taint of original sin.
Christmas: The holiday held in honor of the birth of Christ. It marks the beginning of Christmastide (the 12 days of Christmas).
Pagan Holidays (Wheel of the Year)
• Yule – Winter Solstice
• Imbolc – February 2nd
• Osara – Spring Equinox
• Beltaine – May 1st
• Litha – Summer Solstice
• Lughnasadh – August 2nd
• Mabon – Autumn Equinox
• Samhain (Sow-Wen) October 31st
Yule (Winter Solstice): The celebration of the death and rebirth of the Bel (the sun god). It is a festival of light and celebrated with a maximum of candles and a procession that ends at the temple. Popular among the Norse-Gael in the Western Isles.
Imbloc: Takes place at the first full moon of February. This is the celebration of the Maiden in preparation for growing and renewal, a time of cleansing and newborn lambs.
Osara (Spring Equinox): The celebration of the balancing time between life and darkness. Incorporated after the coming of the Norse-Gael.
Beltaine: The May Day fertility festival: It is celebrated with bon fires at night and crop fertility rites and offerings during the day.
Litha (Summer Solstice): The height of the summer and the celebration of the longest day. Worshippers honor the sacrifice of Bel and the festival culminates at the great oak tree.
Lughnasadh: The pre-harvest festival: It is traditionally the time of the last of the herb gathering and the celebration of the Marriage between the Sun and the Earth Mother taking place at the first full moon in August.
Mabon (Autumn Equinox): The celebration of the balance of the day and night and the harvest festival.
Samhain (Sow-Wen) (The Night of the Dead): The time when the veil is most thin between the worlds of the living and the dead. A feast is held in honor of deceased ancestors and in affirmation of life. Traditionally a time for ending disputes and new beginnings it is the original end of the pagan year.