This calendar is a devotional calendar, memorializing the saints and flowers.
Please be patient as the initial development of the calendar continues and thank you for visiting.
Several sources have been used to create this work. It is primarily based on the book "Flores Ecclesia", the introductory matter to which follows:
'This little work is put forth with the view of restoring, in some degree at least, that ancient feeling by which Catholics of old used in every thing to find some sacred memento or symbol of their holy religion.
The Monastic Orders were well acquainted with the study of botany, upwards of 300 medicinal plants being known to and made use by them; such as, Cross-flower, S. John's Wort, &c., which are to be found in our modern medicinal works under new, and in many cases far less appropriate, names, e.g. Milkwort, Tutsan, &c.
Flowers were dedicated in honour of the Mysteries of the Faith and of the Saints of the Church: it will frequently be found that their appropriate flowers blossom around the time of their Festivals; e.g. the Snowdrop (anciently known by the name of Fair Maid) is dedicated in honour of the Purification, and the Marygold, and Our Lady's Smock, in honour of the Annunciation of Our Lady, &c.; so that in those times a garden was considered to be replete with holy thoughts, and Christians loved to discover in each opening bud some holy symbol of their Lord or His Saints, as in the Passion-flower are portrayed the various instruments of that most adorable Mystery.
In conclusion, the author desires to express his thanks for the assistance of several friends, whether by the loan of works on the subject, or by their direct personal assistance; and he earnestly hopes that this publication may tend to the revival of that deep piety to Christ and His Saints, which is one of the distinctive characteristics of the ages of faith.
Please consider linking to the "Flores Ecclesia" Saints' Calendar in your emails, and websites, and making it your first page for regular visits.
Please note as this calendar is a devotional calendar and will not always reflect your local feasts, please consult your local calendar if you are looking for dates of feasts of obligation.
Please remember to follow the saints and find God everywhere.
Questions & Answers
Q. What calendar is this calendar of saints from?
A. The antique book "Flores Ecclesia", which contains memorials of the saints for each day of the year. In this way it will differ from other calendars, which do not have a celebration for each day.
Q. How different will this calendar be from the memorials celebrated at the local parish?
A. As per the previous answer, there will be saints days celebrated where there are none locally at Holy Mass or during the Divine Office, although these are the traditional days for the saints' celebrations. There will also be other variations, however, if you follow a traditional calendar, the days will often be the same. Simply compare "Flores Ecclesia" to another calendar for more detail, and pay attention to your local particular celebrations.
Q. What are moveable feasts?
Moveable feasts are feasts which are celebrated on different dates each year, such as the Feast of the Resurrection, which depends on calculations based on a lunar calendar.
Q. What about the moveable feasts?
Moveable feasts may not be noted in the calendar currently, though this is planned for more comprehensively in the near future. The Yearly Calendar includes the most notable, appended at the end. The flora associated with each of the feasts is too included at the bottom of the Yearly Calendar.
Q. What can you tell me about the terminology of the calendar?
A. This calendar uses the term feasts in a general sense for all the memorials of the saints, whether they be of great solemnity, simple memorials, or etc.
Q. Where can I learn more about these saints?
A. As the calendar is developed more information will be included. There are many old books detailing information about the saints and flora that are good reading. A portion of these are included in the other archives of the Saints' Series of websites, such as Saints' Books.
Q. How can I help?
A. You can submit photos or sketches of the flora of each day. It is highly recommended to take pictures of them when they are flowering. Submissions of good quality may be included in the calendar, and all are appreciated.
Q. I would like to do so, what else do I need to know?
A. The photos must be your own work, and you must acknowledge by submitting the photos you release them to the public domain so that all are free to use them.
Q. Why the public domain, and not simply restricted to be used by this website?
A. Because God created the flowers. Let them be shared freely and widely.
Q. Are there any other suggestions for volunteers?
A. Photos and other submissions are preferred to remain anonymous on the website itself, with no attribution by name, so that the donor may remain anonymous to the public. There is no advertising accepted.
In this way the donor may receive their greater reward in Heaven rather than on the earth.
Q. Are their other ways I can help?
A. People willing to devout serious time to transcribe from antique books are always welcome volunteers. In this way further information about saints and flora can be added from good antique sources.
Q. What other suggestions do you have?
A. People of all walks of life who wish to learn more about the calendar, and especially parents of homeschoolers may wish to make their own calendars using "Flores Ecclesia" as a guide. Learning about the saints and becoming more devoted to them through this kind of involvement is highly recommendable for developing solid devotion and piety, as through the work the knowledge is retained and sacrificed for.
There are many possibilities for learning and joy in making calendars, gathering flowers, including making magnets or stickers for movable feasts and drawings of saints and flowers, and etc. Happiness is to be had by all, old and young, in fostering one's devotion to the saints.
Key to Abbreviations
In cases where space necessitates abbreviations on the calendar, the following are used:
A. ... Anchorite
Ab. ... Abbot, or Abbess
Bp. ... Bishop
C. ... Confessor
H. ... Hermit
K. ... King
Q. ... Queen
M. ... Martyr
P. ... Pope
V. ... Virgin
W. ... Widow
Q. Can I make the calender larger or smaller so it is easier to read?
A. Yes, generally for most browsers if you hold the CTRL key down and move the mouse wheel up or down it will make the text larger or smaller. This can also be achieved by holding down CTRL and typing the plus and minus keys.
Users of touch-based operating systems should use the gestures appropriate to their OS. This can be a double-tap in some cases.
Q. The correct date is not showing up for me?
A. Please contact the website if this is more than a one-time issue, and for all other technical support.
Q. What known issues are there?
Users of the Apple Safari browser may experience errors with moveable feasts in some highly extended dates. This is being looked into as development continues.
This calendar is under development with floral and historical information about each day and its saints added as time permits the volunteers. If you would like to take part in this work and have the time to transcribe information from antique texts please consider volunteering.
You may contact the website for further information and questions.