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Holy Women, Holy Men

Celebrating the Saints

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KIVAR , 800 pages , 6 x 8.5

  • Church Publishing
  • Jun/2010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-89869-637-0

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This work is the first major revision of the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church in more than 40 years! It is the official revision of Lesser Feasts and Fasts and authorized by the 2009 General Convention. All commemorations in Lesser Feasts and Fasts have been retained, and many new ones added. Three scripture readings (instead of current two) are provided for all minor holy days. Additional new material includes a votive mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary, many more ecumenical commemorations, plus a proper for space exploration.

Please NoteAs Holy Women, Holy Men remains a trial use document and to offer a consistent book across platforms (both print and electronic), all versions of HWHM will follow the material originally approved by General Convention in 2006 until the amended document is authorized by a future Convention's action. A separate PDF of additions, emendations, and other changes approved by the 2009 and 2012 General Conventions is now available through Church Publishing as the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music has completed its review.

Please click the link below to open the PDF. 

For Immediate Release July 6, 2010
Contact: Bill Falvey, 917-373-8510,
Church Publishing, 445 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Trial Edition of Holy Women, Holy Men Now Available;
New Survey, Blog Seek Feedback for Next 12 Months

(New York, NY) –Newly published in cooperation with the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints – the liturgical resource and successor to Lesser Feasts and Fasts – is now available from Church Publishing Incorporated (CPI). It is the first major revision of the calendar of saints by the Episcopal Church in more than 40 years and was authorized for trial use by the 2009 General Convention.

Launched July 1, 2010 and continuing through June 30, 2011, a formal, quantitative survey will be available for users of the new resource to record their impressions of this expanded collection of commemorations.  The survey is located at and is designed to be used on a daily or frequent basis. Survey participants can comment on every collect and chosen scripture passage for each commemoration in the entire 800-page publication.

During the same period, a group of church leaders will invite and record additional qualitative feedback on – a newly created blog which also launched July 1. Hosting duties will rotate for each of the next 12 months among the bloggers, who currently include Keane Akao, Andrea Bardelmeier, Liz Easton, Nancy Frausto, Jennifer Landis, Andy Shamel, Beau Surratt, Callie Swanlund, David Umphlett, and Sam Portaro.

The blog is the work of the Standing Commission. The formal survey is being coordinated through the Office of Research of the Church Pension Group. The office will analyze all statistical findings and comments and deliver data that will assist members of the Standing Commission in preparing a summary report in October 2011.

The Standing Commission will take its findings and make recommendations in its Blue Book report to the 2012 General Convention for revision or approval of the publication as a permanent resource. The General Convention will then consider adoption of the texts during the 2012 General Convention.

“This is an important revision to an almost universally used resource in Episcopal congregations,” said Ruth Meyers, chair of the Standing Commission and Hodges-Haynes Professor of Liturgics at Church Divinity School of the Pacific.

“We need the entire church to help us create the most meaningful, relevant, and accessible new worship publication for the Episcopal Church of the twenty-first century.”

More than 3,000 copies of Holy Men, Holy Women have already been sold.

Like The Hymnal 1982 and Book of Common Prayer, it is a core publication of the Episcopal Church – and a “must-have” for all worship leaders. A Spanish-language edition of Holy Women Holy Men is now in production.

Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints
978-0-89869-637-0 | Kivar |  800 pages | 6 x 8.5
Church Publishing | Available Now | $35.00

**Review copies, interviews, and excerpts available on request.**

Audience:  All clergy and congregations in the Episcopal Church.

All of the original commemorations in Lesser Feasts and Fasts have been retained in the new volume and 120 new ones have been added.  Three scripture readings (instead of the current two) are provided for all minor holy days.  Additional new material includes a votive mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary; many more ecumenical commemorations; plus a proper for space exploration. The popular and user-friendly layout has been retained, with biographical information on the left-hand page, and the Eucharistic proper on the right.  It is bound with a Kivar paper cover.  The final permanent publication will be in hardcover to provide years of service.

The new book can be ordered from all member stores of the Episcopal Booksellers Association or direct from CPI by calling 800-242-1918 or connecting online at The book can also be ordered from a host of other resellers and online bookstores, including

Founded in 1918 and headquartered in New York City, CPI is the publisher of official worship materials, books, and music for the Episcopal Church, plus a multi-faceted publisher and supplier to the broader ecumenical marketplace. Publishing imprints include Church Publishing, Morehouse Publishing, and Seabury Books. Additional CPI divisions include Morehouse Church Supplies, a provider of church supplies, ecclesiastical furnishings, and vestments, located in Harrisburg, PA; and Morehouse Education Resources, which produces lectionary-based curriculum, faith formation programs, plus e-publishing resources and services, in Denver, CO.

Tear sheets and/or advance notice of publication is encouraged and appreciated.


HOLY WOMEN, HOLY MEN: Celebrating the Saints.  By the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music .  New York: Church Publishing, 2010.  785 pages.

For years the oft revised volume, Lesser Feasts and Fasts (LFF), has served parishes and individuals mark part of the holiness of each day by providing Scripture readings, a collect, a Eucharistic preface, and a narrative about those remembered on the church’s calendar that day whose lives have witnessed to the grace of God.  Holy Women, Holy Men (HWHM) is a major effort to revise, but also to expand and enrich LFF.  Where LFF provided two readings (gospel and other New Testament) plus a psalm, HWHM adds an Old Testament citation.  Where LFF was limited to few non-Anglicans in the post-reformation period (and few non-Episcopalians after 1789), HWHM dramatically broadens appreciation for other Christians and their traditions.  Over-emphasis on clergy is redressed by additional laity, males by females, and “in-church” activities by contributions well beyond the workings of institutional agendas. 

These almost daily commemorations occupy over 600 of the book’s 785 pages, by far the lion’s share of its content.  Remaining sections address: principles of revision and guides for future revision; liturgical propers for seasons (Advent/Christmas, Lent, and Easter); and new propers for a miscellany of propers usable with individuals (or events) not officially listed in the formal calendar.  Two cycles of propers for daily Eucharist are also included, one covering a six week period, the other a two year cycle. 

Two online methods for evaluating the commemorations began in July 2010, one, a survey, for quantitative evaluation, the other, a blog, for qualitative.  The survey asks a few simple multiple choice questions each day, mostly about the aptness and suitability of the recommendations, and provides space for a “comment.”  The blog allows for criticisms, appreciations, or suggestions of any length.  Comments on the blog and replies to comments are identified by their authors’ names.  Online evaluations will continue through June, 2011.  Anyone using the commemorations in public or private prayer is encouraged to participate.  The URLs are lengthy, so easiest access is by searching simultaneously for “Holy Women, Holy Men” and “Blog.”  Choose (then bookmark) the item that begins, “Welcome to the….”  Access to the survey from the blog, or vice versa, is easily had from either page. 

General Convention (Episcopal Church) is expected to act officially -- albeit, as always, provisionally -- on the results at its next gathering, in 2012.  I encourage anyone interested to incorporate this practice into their prayers and, if possible, to share their thoughts and experience.  Both the “giving” and “receiving” can be occasions of grace.

John F. LaVoe, APC
The Episcopal Church
Oriskany, NY

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