The feast takes place at the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This feast is celebrated in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Anglican and Lutheran churches.
Saul hated all Jesus stood for. He was known for brutalizing Christians and harassing the Church. In the year AD36 Saul was travelling to Damascus to annihilate the Christian community there. He was blinded by a brilliant light and heard the voice of Christ saying,
Saint Agnes lived from the year 291 to the year 304. She is the patron saint of chastity, girls, gardeners, engaged couples, rape victims and virgins.
St Agnes is acknowledged in the Roman Catholic Church, the Easter Catholic Churches, the Church of England, the Anglican Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church.
She is depicted with a lamb in art, because
In 1907 two American Episcopalians, Father Paul Wattson and Sister Lurana White, co-founders of the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Atonement, had a conversation with an English clergyman by the name of Spencer Jones. The English preacher suggested that a day such as St. Peter's feast day be set aside for prayer for Christian unity and for sermons on the pope.
It is believed that the tradition started with St Francis of Assisi who was famous for his love of animals. At Franciscan churches, a friar with the well known brown robe and white cord would welcome each animal with a special prayer, called The Blessing of Pets: "Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called
Saint Hilary was born in 300 AD. He was bishop of Poitiers and an eminent doctor of the Western Christian Church. His name comes from the Greek word for cheerful, which also forms the root of the English word "hilarious". St Hilary's feast day is considered the coldest day of the year. This probably dates back to 1086, when