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The Christian world needs women saints like her, reminding us today that, even from times of antiquity, there are stories that remember and honor the lives and witness of women who are wise, brave, and faithful.
The three composers we celebrate today — Byrd, Merbecke, and Tallis — were all English composers who lived around the same period of time and who helped Anglican church music grow from plainchant and simple tunes more complex melodies and harmonies of psalms, anthems, and service music.
I had not realized until now how much St Martin’s historical feast day had been a part of the development of our tradition of Advent. From the late 4th century through the middle ages, St Martin’s day on November 11th, marked the beginning of 40 days of fasting through to Epiphany on the 6th of January.
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