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Whose day is this?
9:34am Wednesday 1st August 2012 in Letters
With regard to the spurious “restoration” of a non-existent medieval shrine at All Saints, North Street, there is another matter which has not been mentioned, namely the invention of a new Feast Day to add “authority” to this work.
The Book of Common Prayer lists four feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary: the Purification (February 2), the Annunciation (March 25), the Visitation (May 31 or July 2), and the Nativity (September 8). Most Anglo-Catholic churches (including All Saints) also celebrate the Assumption (August 15) and the Immaculate Conception (December 8).
I have scoured the liturgical calendars of the Church of England, the Roman Catholic Church, and the various Orthodox Churches, and nowhere can I find the Feast of Our Lady of North Street on July 16.
I wonder under whose authority this new feast day has been promulgated, and who was responsible for checking the liturgical texts.
Fr John Ridgeway-Wood, Darnborough Street, York.