Is there a single-word adjective that means 'of a specific day'?

The contexts I'm thinking of are in the Catholic Church, where particular days are designated as commemorations of one or more saints.

St Stephen is the _____ saint of the 26th of December.

An alternative context would be the feast day of a god in Classical times.

Socrates wrote a hymn to an unknown god, the _____ god of the day his trial was delayed by.

'Daily' doesn't work, because it implies that the event is repeated every 24 hours (daily bread).

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    You could actually consider specific for both of those blanks.
    – Andrew Leach
    Oct 4, 2017 at 11:45
  • You could and I think you should leave both those blanks out. That December 26 is St Stephen's Day doesn't at all make St Stephen the saint of 26 December. If it did, why would it be different from Stephen is the (patron) saint of deacons, headaches, horses, coffin makers, and masons, often represented with rocks on his head? Stephen’s feast day crops up in the carol Good King Wenceslas… I suspect no-one would ever turn that round to say the carol of Wenceslas let alone Wenceslas is the (blank) of that carol which bears his name. Oct 5, 2017 at 22:14
  • St Stephen is one of the saints commemorated on 26 December - catholic.org/saints/f_day/dec.php, and I could still do with an adjective to describe the link. Oct 15, 2017 at 16:29
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    I think your examples are different. The Catholic "Saint's Day" is a day on which a particular saint is commemorated and venerated. It's a little like a person's birthday or "Bloom's Day" as celebrated by fans of James Joyce: it does not mean that that saint has special responsibility for that day. Socrates's unknown god, however would seem to be the presiding spirit of the paticular day, in the same way as a water nymph might be the presiding spirit of a particular spring or a wood nymph the presiding spirit of a particular grove.
    – BoldBen
    Jun 2, 2018 at 8:34
  • Saint Stephen is commemorated on the 26th of December. Because St. Stephen is the saint can sound - though it may not technically be - redundant.
    – Lambie
    Jul 2, 2018 at 21:43

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How about commemorated? It has no specific association with the day/daily aspect but it seems to fit with the religious recognition.

1 :to call to remembrance ·St. Andrew is commemorated on November 30.

  • Right, no St. X is the saint.
    – Lambie
    Jul 2, 2018 at 21:43

I would simply say "December 26 is the feast day of St Stephen Protomartyr." I assume good King Wenceslas would have looked out on the evening of the day after Christmas in the Christmas carol--though he might have been looking out on the evening of Christmas Day itself, that being the eve of St Stephen's feast day. I don't know what the practice was in medieval times. The Wenceslas actually referred to is Saint Wenceslaus I, Duke [not King] of Bohemia [Svatý Václav in Czech], who lived from 907 to 935. There was a King Wenceslaus of Bohemia [Wenceslaus I Premyslid], who reigned more than three centuries later. The modern Christmas carol was written by John Neale in 1853, and set to a 13th-century spring or Easter carol tune.

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