Conventional piety and a passing knowledge of the dates and the heroes and heroines of Christian history would have sufficed to make the various Pastons aware of those high points of the ecclesiastical calendar to which they refer, month by month, as set out in Table 2.
Table 2 shows that other days of the ecclesiastical calendar besides saints' days also get used or noted.
This reconstruction of an ecclesiastical calendar may hold few surprises but it confirms our sanguine view about a well-informed lay piety.
Just as only one day in the medieval ecclesiastical calendar is Saint Anthony's Day, Allestree's calendar assumes that each day has a unique astrological significance.
The Catholic ecclesiastical calendar does not invite personalization.
The empty space provided in such almanac calendars is crucially different from that found in calendars like the King James Bible: for where the empty or partially empty ecclesiastical calendar suggests that time has been rightfully purged of its liturgical contents and should not be refilled, these almanacs, in contrast, welcome the reader's intervention.
Olaf Pedersen, "The Ecclesiastical Calendar and the Life of the Church," in Gregorian Reform of the Calendar: Proceedings of the Vatican Conference to Commemorate its 400th Anniversary, 1582-1982, ed.
See his article, "The Ecclesiastical Calendar and the Life of the Church," in Vatican Conference.
Kaiser explains how the ordinary Russian Christian conformed to church practices through a strict observation of the ecclesiastical calendar
in domestic life.
My argument, while it registers the ways in which the ecclesiastical calendar
was made to serve dynastic purposes, also highlights the threat that plebeian men posed to uniform ritual practice.
Since 1989, every September 1st -- the beginning of the [Orthodox] ecclesiastical calendar
-- has been designated as a day of prayer for the protection of the environment.
The agricultural, civil and ecclesiastical calendars
had developed symbiotically in recent centuries, since when the drift in date had been only slight.