London: Oxford University Press, 1963. Early edition. 12mo. (7 1/2 inches tall), original red cloth, original dust jacket. Slightest of wear to the dust jacket. A near-fine copy. Item #566
"THIS LITTLE BOOK IS INTENDED TO GIVE SOME INFORMATION, ESPECIALLY TO YOUNG PEOPLE, ABOUT THE FESTIVALS AND SAINTS COMMEMORATED BY THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND" Early edition of this charming guide to the Anglican liturgical calendar. First published in 1950, the Church's Year went through five printings in fifteen years, introducing a generation of young people to the Prayer Book Calendar of the English Church. "Throughout the year, the Christian Church honours the memory of its saints and the holy occasions that have made Church history. In this book the festivals are arranged chronologically, the section dealing with each one bearing an explanation of its celebrations, usually terminating with an appropriate prayer." The chronology begins with St. Andrew's Day in late November, marking the beginning of Advent. The author explains his method in a brief Preface: "I have thought it best to amalgamate the calendars of 1662 and the Prayer Book as Proposed in 1928. I have also given a disproportionate amount of space to British saints, because they are more interesting to the young people of Britain." The book is illustrated by Patricia M. Lambe with delightful pen-and-ink sketches opening each month and smaller vignettes decorating the text. The text is preceded by a calendar (with an explanatory note regarding the Book of Common Prayer and the 1928 revision) and closes with an Index of Festivals.