Happy leap day – February 29! Here in New England it was a rare “warm” – 55-60 degrees in many places – February day. Two thoughts about leap day/leap year:
-I was born in late February – I just celebrated my birthday – and ever since I can remember, when people find out my birthdate they most always say something like “you were almost a leap year baby!”. The problem with this is I was born in an odd, not even, year – it could not have been a leap year. Of course, if it had been a leap year, I would have indeed been a leap year baby whatever date I was born. I would have been a leap day baby if the day was right.
-How does the Orthodox Church calendar handle the leap day? The main saint who is celebrated is St. John Cassian – more about him here. Interestingly, when it is not a leap year his feast moves to February 28. This has never made sense to me – if you are born on Feb. 29 you would, I imagine, celebrate your birthday during non-leap years on March 1, which is one exact year after Feb. 29. The wiki site has the other saints commemorated on this day, but there is nothing about how or if readings shift. During the course of the calendar year, the entire New Testament, except for Revelation, is read. Some days will have the same readings – very often martyrs have the same passage read, for example. I would think the readings today are repeated from another day.