minima maxima sunt

The Small things are the Great things; as in a grain of mustard seed.


January from: Les Tres Riches Heures Du Duc de Berry

anuary is the first month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. It was the same in the Julian Calendar, which it replaced. However it wasn’t always there. Early calendars in the roman world didn’t keep any months for the winter, considering it a month-less period. January is named after Janus, (Ianus) who is the Roman god of doorways, beginnings, endings, transitions… you get the point. Janus is usually depicted as having two faces; one looking back and the other looking forward, a fitting symbolism for the New Year.

The picture above from the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, a 15th century book of hours, shows the Duke of Berry in a blue robe handing out gifts and tables with foods and drink; still a time of celebration.

Feasts during January from the General Roman Calendar are:

1. Mary, Mother of God, Solemnity
2. Basil the Great; Gregory Nazianzen, Memorial
4. Elizabeth Ann Seton (USA and CAN), Memorial
5. John Neumann, Memorial
6. Andre Bessette, Opt. Mem.
7. Raymond of Penafort, Opt. Mem.
8. Epiphany of the Lord, Solemnity
9. Baptism of the Lord, Feast
13. Hilary; Kentigern (Scotland), Opt. Mem.
15. Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
17. Anthony, Memorial
20. Fabian; Sebastian, Opt. Mem.
21. Agnes, Memorial
22. Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
24. Francis de Sales; Our Lady of Peace, Memorial
25. Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle, Feast
26. Timothy and Titus, Memorial
27. Angela Merici, Opt. Mem.
28. Thomas Aquinas, Memorial
29. Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
31. John Bosco, Memorial


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