The seasons, the elements, and the natural world (BL Harley 3667, f. 8)
Among other interests of this blog, I've written a number of posts about Old English texts which describe different moments in the cycle of the year. I thought it would be helpful to collect these together in one place - so here's an assortment of posts which describe the natural and liturgical year, as seen through the eyes of Anglo-Saxon writers.
Winter, Advent and the Christmas Season
Winter in Old English poetry: 'After that comes Winter's Day'
Three sermons for Advent: 'Þeos tid oð midne winter'; 'This world is like a man grown old'; 'Christ the Golden Blossom'
A series of posts exploring the Old English poems based on the 'O' Antiphons, beginning with 'O Clavis David'
Advent, Apocalypse, and Tolkien's Arkenstone: Christ the Arkenstone and 'The Hobbit'
Readings of some Christmas extracts from the Old English translation of the Gospel
A Christmas sermon: 'þe word is geworden'
Ælfric's Sermon for New Year's Day
A sermon for Epiphany: 'Ða easternan tungelwitegan gesawon niwne steorran beorhtne'
A sermon for Candlemas: 'A Twofold Burgeoning of Awe and Love'
A description of Anglo-Saxon liturgical practice on the Feast of the Purification and a story about St Dunstan at Candlemas
The Presentation of Christ, from the Benedictional of St Æthelwold (BL Additional 49598, f. 34v)
Lent and the Spring
'Unwinding the water's chains': Spring, Thaw, and Some Anglo-Saxon Poems
March in the Menologium
18 March and the creation of the world: The Days of Creation
'Nu ic his tempel eam': the Annunciation in an Anglo-Saxon Poem
Septuagesima Sunday: 'Ceasing from the voice of joy and gladness'
Quinquagesima Sunday: 'Now a pure and holy time draws near'
'þu eart dust and to duste gewendst': Ælfric, Ash Wednesday and 'The Seafarer'
First Sunday in Lent: 'Hoard up your goldhoard in heaven'
A sermon for Palm Sunday
'Eastermonað to us cymeð': April in the Menologium
'Open wæs þæt eorðærn': the Harrowing of Hell
The sun (BL Harley 603, f.33v)
Ascension Day and the Summer
Old English poetry about the summer, which begins on 9 May
A May Miscellany, including a poetic description of summer in the Menologium
A sermon for Rogationtide
Christ the Bird and the Play of Hope: An Anglo-Saxon Ascension, from Cynewulf's Christ II
A sermon and poem for Pentecost
The Summer Solstice, in the Menologium and Ælfric's De Temporibus Anni: 'Se lengsta dæg'
Harvesting (BL Harley 603, f. 66)
Harvest and the Autumn
Harvest and the beginning of autumn on August 7
The month of August, in the Menologium and the Benedictional of St Æthelwold
Autumn and falling leaves in the poems Maxims I and Solomon and Saturn
A Sermon for All Saints' Day: 'þisne dæg eallum halgum'
I've also written posts about a range of Anglo-Saxon saints, or saints venerated in Anglo-Saxon England, including:
Ælfheah of Canterbury - death, translation, and an eleventh-century prayer to the saint
Æthelburh of Barking
Æthelburh of Kent
Æthelthryth (Etheldreda) of Ely
Andrew the Apostle
Augustine of Canterbury
Chad of Mercia
Dunstan - a series of posts beginning here, and a Latin hymn to the saint
Eanswythe of Folkestone
Edith of Wilton
Edmund of East Anglia - Old English Life and later legend
Edward the Confessor
Margaret of Scotland
Mildred of Thanet (and the foundation of her abbey)
Oda the Good
Olaf of Norway
Oswald of Worcester
Wigstan of Repton
Wulfstan of Worcester