has been a traditional day of festivities throughout the centuries. May
Day is most associated with towns and villages celebrating springtime fertility
and revelry with village fetes and community gatherings. Since the
reform of the Catholic Calendar, May 1st is the Feast of St Philip &
St James, they became the patron saints of workers. Seeding has been
completed by this date and it was convenient to give farm labourers a
day off. Perhaps the most significant of the traditions is the Maypole, around which traditional dancers circle with ribbons. (Source; Wikipedia)
Saint Philip is the patron saint of workers? And there is a feast? Why
haven’t I heard of this before now? I guess I shall look up some
information about this saint named Philip.
to some new testament stories, Philip was evangelizing in the city of
Hierapolis and managed to convert the city proconsuls wife. The jealous
proconsul had Philip and Bartholomew crucified upside down. Philip
starts preaching from this precarious position and the townspeople
decide to take them down.
is released, but Philip tells them to leave him be. He’s not done with
his upside down sermonizing. So they left him there till he died.
Am I named after this lunatic evangelist?
Or, am I named after the Philip that died from a beheading in another town?
I am named after my great uncle Philip and my aunt Phyllis. I can pick
from several bible stories which Saint Philip I want to be the Catholic
saint. (One of the original Christian church rules states that you must
name your kids after saints)
there are St Philip’s churches, colleges, and organizations all over
the world that train and provide workers for various jobs and
industries. No wonder I side with Democrats, the party of working men
and women, (who work in the factories and skyscrapers owned by
faithless barbarian Republican overlords), they named me after the patron saint of workers.
all very interesting background about May Day and Saint Philip, but I hope
to be somewhere on May first where I can take pictures of people
dancing around a Maypole.
I shall do more research. In the meantime...
Today’s Somehow Related Video;
Workers Day Off