This calendar of saints is drawn from several denominations, sects, and traditions. Although it will no longer be updated daily, the index on the right will guide visitors to a saint celebrated on any day they choose. Additional saints will be added as they present themselves to Major.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

May 19 -- Feast of St. Alcuin of York

Alcuin was an eighth century deacon who served as minister of education under Charlemagne. In addition to establishing schools and scriptoria, thereby preserving the works of the classical writers (both pagan and Christian, God bless him) for modern readers, he was an advocate of the doctrine that the Holy Spirit proceeds from both the Father and the Son, rather than just the Father. This was the point on which the schism between the Eastern and Roman churches split, though Charlemagne's assertion of the title Holy Roman Emperor and the Pope's assertion of primacy had much to do with it, too.

But here's the thing I want you to know. He is also credited with the invention of cursive writing. Cursive's had a good run of it -- twelve centuries or so -- but i-Phones seem to be supplanting the Palmer method.

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