The Anglican Breviary cites from St. Gregory the Great’s Dialogues to relate the little that we know about this saint. For Scholastica we are referred to the Common of Virgins (Common 12, p. F110). Not everything from the Common is used because in the Anglican Breviary this feast is a Lesser Double – unlike the Monastic Diurnal where this feast ranks much higher. For the hours of Lauds to None specific readings are given that invite meditation on Virgin Saints. Even though the Legend for St. Scholastica is short, the Anglican Breviary invites us to reflect on St. Scholastica through the lens of these readings. But it is not a theory or doctrine we are invited to focus on. In the life of the saint the focus is on her faithfulness to Christ and His extraordinary response to His saint. Here we are taught that not the thinkers of Scripture are given the approval of God but rather those who obey Scripture in the ascetic effort of righteous living. In fact, right living cannot be separated from right understanding. The Anglican Breviary refracts the life of saints through Scripture so that we may learn that Scripture teaches both right doctrine and right behavior.
Brethren: he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord, for not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth. (Reading from Lauds for Common 12; 2 Cor. 10.17).
Fr. Gregory Wassen +