>We have Irish liturgical
>calendars that we can date from the ninth century onward. The adoption of
>non-Irish saints into the calendars is present in the earliest versions.
>example, the calendar of O/enus the Ce/li De/ says:
>G. viii. cal. Iulii.
>697] Ríg-gein Iohain baptaist
> So the tradition of celebrating the feast of John the Baptist's
>birth at midsummer goes back to at least the ninth century in Ireland (this
>particular calendar predates 850 CE, and is traditionally dated to about
This is *pure* speculation, but could it date to the adoption of the Roman
church calendar following the synod of Whitby? It seems like that would be a
logical point for a Roman church Saint's day to be instituted.
When was John's feast day established, period?
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