St. Haggai, prophet, and a note about a calendar

St Haggai, prophetMany Old Testament figures are accounted as saints by the Catholic Church.

Today is the commemoration of St. Haggai, one of the twelve prophets of the Old Testament.

Here is his entry in the Roman Martyrology:

1. Commemoratio sancti Aggaei, prophetae, qui, tempore Zorobabel ducis Iudae, populum admonuit, ut domus Domini reaedificaretur, in quam venturus erat thesaurus cunctarum gentium…. The commemoration of St. Haggai, prophet, who, in the time of the leader Zorobabel, admonished the people that the house of the Lord, in which the treasure of all the peoples would come, should be rebuilt.

I don’t know if the Congregation for Divine Worship is closely involved in the preparation of the Vatican wall calendars (I chuckle at the very thought, actually), but there is an error on the Vatican calendar today.  On the Vatican wall calendar, with tear off sheets (I don’t know about the monthly calendar) today there is indicated St. David, king and prophet.  This was also, I think, wrong last year as well.  David is, I believe, 29 Dec.

Closer.

Yep, that’s David alright.  On the wrong day.

I suspect this is about the time the new calendars are being prepared for printing, I think, since they are never ready before the new year comes.   What sense would it make for them to be available before the year begins?   I imagine the Congregation is involved somewhat because of the addition of new saints.  In any event, someone should provide whomever it is who proofs the calendar with a copy of the 2005 Martyrologium Romanum.

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3 Responses to St. Haggai, prophet, and a note about a calendar

  1. TmeDoyNel says:

    Yeah! I’m glad someone is aware that the Prophet Haggai is regarded as a saint! He was one of many who were re-included in the latest Roman Martyrology (along with David the King – December 29). Prophet-Saint Haggai is a perfect saint for motivation, for that is what he did. He motived the returned exiles to rebuild their Temple.

    And take courage, all you people of the land,
    says the LORD, and work!
    For I am with you, says the LORD of hosts.
    – Haggai 2:4b

  2. Mitchell NY says:

    If they could do so many last minute “fixes” to the new translation that is coming for the Roman Missal I think this should be an easy fix for someone in the know..

  3. Ismael says:

    In my Calendar (italian one, from St. Antony of Padua’s magazine) Dec. 16th is St. Eusebius.

    King David is indeed celebrated on Dec. 29th, together with St. Thomas Becket.