The Oxford Olive Harvest

Posted December 21, 2018 6:55 am by Fr John Hunwicke

The Oxford Olive Harvest

According to Dr G G Willis, of the Anglican Patrimony, the December Ember Days (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday this week) replace the old pagan Roman agricultural festival upon which the olives were harvested.

The oldest texts for these days, in the Verona Sacramentary, probably dating from before Christmass fully established its liturgical dominance, still retain agricultural references; but


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