One of the main principles guiding churches in adding commemorations, lesser festivals, and occasions over the last fifty years has been inculturation. This work leads us to engage and critique our special contexts for their renewal and transformation, clothing our local liturgies in the garb and language of our immediate culture.
Churches around the world have looked for ways to include in their calendars holy people who are recognized universally, those of specific traditions and nations, as well as those of our local regions and communities. More than thirty years ago the The Book of Alternative Services proposed such a process for the Canadian church. We recognize that the work of distinctly Canadian and local discernment remains largely undone, and that an opportunity lies before us.