January 2013

The Feast of The Epiphany (or the Three Kings)

Photo courtesy of the British Library's manuscript collection

The Feast of the Circumcision (Medieval Calendar: January 1st)

On January 1st, the Catholic Church commemorates the Feast of Holy Mary Mother of God. In the Medieval Church Calendar, however, until the 15th century, January 1st was celebrated as the Feast of the Circumcision. Old Testament Law stipulated that boys be circumcised eight days after they were born, January 1st is the eighth day after the Nativity, simple math.