June letter from Revd. Alan PerryMay 31, 2018
‘Love springs again that with the dead has been
Love is come again like wheat that springeth green’.
It seems surprising to mention that Winter has finally gone, but it has been a
harsh winter and we were still having unseasonably cold days
even in May.
Now, we can look forward to Summer and enjoy all that warmer days
and lighter nights bring.
June has a number of ancient and modern red letter days. Thinking about this led me to consider the origin of the term. A red letter day is any day of special significance or opportunity. Its roots are in classical antiquity; for instance, important days are indicated in red in a calendar dating from the time of the Roman Empire. In medieval manuscripts, initial capitals and highlighted words (known as rubrics) were written in red ink. The practice was continued by the church to indicate rules that had to be followed.
Some relatively new red letter days for June include:
June 1 has been designated National Fish & Chip Day, to promote
this most British of dishes. It is also International Children’s Day which
since it’s inception in 1925 promotes the well being and human rights of children.
It is also the start of National Volunteering Week to celebrate the work of
volunteers and to encourage more people to sign up for the benefit of
all of us in Society.
June is also the month of the wonderful Southwold Arts Festival – 23 – 30 June. A whole week of events celebrating the arts. For tickets contact www.ticketsource.co.uk/southwold-arts-centre. Telephone 01502 722572.
There are also much more ancient red letter days in the Christian Church that are principally Saints’ Days. Each of these days is a festival, in other words a good excuse for a party!
22 June St Alban lived in the Roman City of Verulamium, now St Alban’s. He is considered the first martyr of Britain. Alban refused to renounce his faith and was beheaded on this day around the year 250.
24 June The Birth of John the Baptist. We are told that John leapt in the womb of Elizabeth, his mother when he was in the presence of Mary, pregnant with Jesus.
29 June The Feast of St Peter & St Paul – both had significant roles within the leadership of the early church. It is also the anniversary of their martyrdom in Rome around AD 64. It is around this time of year that ordinations to the Christian Church happen, and clergy look back to the anniversary of them becoming a Priest.
May we all enjoy the June red letter days!
Rev Alan Perry, Team Vicar. Sole Bay