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Friday, August 1, 2014

1 August. 1662 Book of Common Prayer: Lammas Day.

1 August.  1662 Book of Common Prayer:  Lammas Day.

I haven’t the slightest idea why this was retained unless the Sarum Missal, 9th century, wished to remember the OT feast day by way of instruction and teaching. If that was the intent, to remember and teach the lessons from Levitius, rightly done, it has merit.  One must be a master of Levitus, the entire OT (as Prof. Hengstenberg ably reminded us) and Hebrews.  Otherwise, this is less than clear and more than muddy.  The calendar clearly needs more work.

Lammas Day. The festival of St. Peter ad vinucla in the Sarum and Roman use. Various derivations of the name are given; but far the most probable is that it is a corruption of "Hlafmas," i.e. "Loaf-mass," the offering of the first fruits of the new harvest. -- August 1st.

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