March 17th St. Gertrude of Nivelles Day
St. Gertrude is the Patron Saint of the township of Nivelles in the UK and also better known as the Patron Saint of Cats. She never really was made a Saint but we’ll pretend she was one. She protects the traveler, recent dead and the mentally ill. She represents hospitality, primarily for the traveler, but I guess for the dead and mentally ill as well. She is often depicted in drawings and statues as being surrounded by rats.
How to celebrate – Visit Nivelles. Pray to St. Gertrude. Greet everyone visiting you today as though you are St. Gertrude. Adopt a cat.
We all know Santa but not many of us know there was a true St. Nicholas, in Greece, a couple of hundred years after Jesus’ birth. He would later become a Bishop in the Catholic Church and finally a Saint. He use to throw small bags of coins out his window for children to celebrate the coming of the holiday season. The bags resembled socks and are now represented by the hanging of stockings at Christmas. His identity was not turned into Santa until the early 1800’s in America. While Santa is not exactly the religious type, Saint Nicholas was. As a Cardinal he would have worn lots of red and he most likely had a beard in his later years.
How to celebrate – Learn about the real St. Nicholas. Discover who turns Santa fat! Visit Greece!
Angels are considered to be among the most honored and cherished creatures that have ever existed, or not existed, according to your beliefs. The day was created by Jayne Howard Feldman on August 22nd, 1993. I think she was on to something. if we all try to be more like Angels we will all be far better off, whether you believe in Angels or not. I personally believe there are Angels, some may even be human.
How to celebrate – List those around you that are Angelic. See how many Angels you can list. Pay it forward today!
Today we celebrate all those Saints in Christianity, most set by the Catholic Church. Many of the Saints were martyrs who died in the love for Christ and the people who follow him. There are many who pray to the Saints for their help and guidance. There is little doubt they were devoted people who were leaders just by living the lives they lived.
All Saint’s Day was originally called Hallomas and celebrated in May. It was moved to November to help combat the pagan holiday of Halloween. The leaders of the church believed that Halloween had become too popular and could not simply be ignored or destroyed by the church.
There are over 10,000 Saint’s, all appointed by the church. Most are designated to cover some human fault or some human need (which pretty much seems like the same thing). Most Christian religions believe there are Saints, though they do not expect them to intercede on their behalf.
The honest truth is, no one knows for sure. So if you believe in Saints, Angels, or Guardians then I see no reason to stop the practice. If you do not, what harm is there in letting others believe they are being served in some way by these Saints. They generally ask things those on earth have no chance of answering.
Believe in Saints or not, today is their day… not yours. If you are a believer I hope the Saints will help you with your request, if you do not believe, I hope they don’t hold it against you on judgement day.
How to celebrate – See how many Saints you can name. Find out which Saints assist with what needs. Study what it takes to become a Saint.