Today, June 26, our church celebrated its Feast of Title, the day on which we commemorated the name of our church, “Holy Sacrament.” It is like celebrating a Patron Feast or Patronal Festival of a church that bears the name of a saint, such as, St. Peter or St. Mary. Since our church is not named after a saint, the commemoration day is called “Feast of Title.” Since the real name “Holy Sacrament” is not recorded on the liturgical calendar, the feast that best exemplifies that name is “the Feast of Corpus Christi” or “the Feast of the Body of Christ.” The Feast of Corpus Christi, which honors the Eucharist, is a movable feast in that it does not occur on the same date every year. It is always celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday (June 23 this year) or in some places on the Sunday following (June 26 this year). The reason for the celebration being on a Thursday is because of its association with the Institution of the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday.
Feast of Title: What a Celebration!
About the Author: The Reverend Dr. Anthony B. Holder
The Rev. Dr. Anthony B. Holder is an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of Southeast Florida, serving as the Third Rector of Holy Sacrament Episcopal Church, Pembroke Pines, Florida. Born in Barbados, Father Tony, as he is commonly called, has served as a priest in Barbados, Illinois and now Florida. Prior to entering seminary, he was a graphic artist and an Art Teacher at a high school in Barbados. While in the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, he served in a number of positions including as Spiritual Director of Happening and Church Camp, Regional Dean, Standing Committee President, and a Clerical Deputy to General Convention. In the Diocese of Southeast Florida, he served as a member of the Commission of Social Justice and Immigration, and a member of the Search Committee for the Bishop Coadjutor and Fourth Bishop of Southeast Florida. Dr. Holder and his wife have two children. They enjoy traveling, spending time together, and being with family and friends. Personally, Father Tony enjoys Art, reading, tennis, and physical exercise.