1 January – The Circumcision

Nostra tulit Christi caro vulnera vulnere tristi
The Verdun Altar

On the late 12C Verdun Altar (see also) in the Abbey of Klosterneuburg, Christ’s circumcision is presented between that of Isaac and that of Samson.

Luke 2.21

Acta Sanctorum

The Liturgical Year by Dom Guéranger

Heortology: A History Of The Christian Festivals From Their Origin To The Present Day by Heinrich Kellner (Paul, Trench, Trübner, 1908).


Homilies Of Feasts And Sundays By Catholic Church Fathers by D. G. Hubert (Washbourne, 1901).

Explanation of the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays, holydays and festivals throughout the ecclesiastical year, to which are added the lives of many saints by Leonard Goffiné (Pustet, 1880).

Goffine’s Devout Instructions on the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays and Holydays (Benziger, 1896).

The Catholic Pulpit: Containing a Sermon for Every Sunday and Holiday in the Year and for Good Friday (Murphy, 1851).

Readings for the Sundays and Holy Days of the Church’s Year (Bosworth, 1881).

Analysis of the Gospels of the Sundays of the Year by Angelo Cagnolo (Benziger, 1892).

Short Discourses for all the Sundays in the Year According to the Mind & Method of the Catechism of the Council of Trent by John McQuirk (St. Paul’s Library, 1908).


The Way of Salvation: Meditations for Every Day of the Year by Saint Alphonsus Liguori.

Meditations for Every Day in the Year by Roger Baxter (Benziger, 1823, reprinted in 1884).

Meditations for All the Days of the Year by M. Hamon (Benziger, 1894).

Meditations on the Life, the Teaching and the Passion of Jesus Christ for Every Day of the Ecclesiastical Year by Augustine Maria Ilg (Benziger, 1901).

Meditations for the Use of the Secular Clergy by Pierre Chaignon (Benziger, 1907).

The lives of saints, with other feasts of the year, according to the Roman calendar by Peter Ribadeneira.


Medieval Music Database


ca. 1305 Fresco by Giotto in the Scrovegni Chapel

ca. 1463 Painting by Andrea Mantegna

ca. 1500 Painting by the workshop of Giovanni Bellini

ca. 1500 Seven Sorrows Polyptych by Albrecht Dürer 

1587 Painting by Tintoretto

Warburg Institute Iconographic Database

Guide to Christian Iconography

Iconography of Christian Art

Customs & Devotions

Feastday Cookbook

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