Red Letter Days

   Those Festivals of the Church for which Collect, Epistle and Gospel are provided in the Prayer-book. They are so called from having been printed in the Calendar in red letters. The words have passed into popular use to denote any notably auspicious or favorable day; a day to be remembered.

American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. — New York, Thomas Whittaker. . 1901.

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