Remembering the Saints
In the Episcopal Church, remembering the saints on special days is a continuation of an ancient tradition from the early Church. Many of the saints whom we honor are the same ones honored by the Roman Catholic Church. After the Reformation, the Anglican Church continued to honor most of the saints it had before the separation from Rome. Since the Reformation, the Anglican Church has added to the list of those honored, persons thought to have led an exemplary life of faith and who serve as examples and role models for others.
The Church publishes a book called Lesser Feasts and Fasts, which lists the feast days for the various traditional saints as well as men and women the Church wishes to honor. It also contains a brief biography of each person, as well as suggested scriptures and a prayer or collect for each of their feast days. It is a wonderfully inspiring book especially when used as part of one's private devotions. A calendar of these feast days is also found in The Book of Common Prayer. People are added to this calendar by vote of General Convention, a meeting of all bishops, and elected clergy and lay persons which gathers every three years.