Comments to: David Woods
Last Updated: September 1999

Martyrologies and Church Calendars

Strictly speaking, the terms martyrology and calendar describe two different types of document, although they are often treated as synonyms. A calendar only lists one name per day of saints whose feastdays are celebrated in a particular local church, while a martyrology lists several names per day of saints venerated throughout the universal church and does not represent the liturgical usage of any particular church. A calendar includes the minimum relevant information, the name of the martyr and the location of the martyrdom, while a martyrology, particularly the later ones, in keeping with their roles more as historical source-books, tends to include an abbreviated account of the suffering of the martyr where available. In general, see the entry in the on-line version of the Catholic Encyclopedia (1913 edition, so its bibliography is out of date) under "Martyrology".

Since 15 September 1999

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