Reflection on the (Sanctoral) Calendar

You have become exposed to the Christian calendar as one Christian practice of history. Hagiography (biography of saints) is by no means the only such historiography, but it has a cherished place in the Christian tradition, among Protestants as well as Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox. You have also noticed the striking contrast between its way of remembering the Christian past and Moynahan's and McKim's ways.

What is this calendar's vision of Church history? What is the significance (positive and/or negative) of its highlights, its concentrations, and its omissions? Compared to Moynahan's and McKim's accounts, how adequate is the Christian calendar as a recitation of the history of the Church? Choose at least one day of readings and lectures to illustrate and prove your points.

Please keep your paper three pages, double-spaced, and follow the directions in my handout for writing papers. As always, I want to see proper style, clear writing, a thorough answer to the question, and explicit citations of course materials.

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