Tuesday, September 21, 2010

St. Medard (c.456 to June 8, 545)

"There is a harmony in autumn."
(Percy Bysshe Shelley)

It's the autumnal equinox. I especially like this time of year since the days are warm and the nights are cool. It's a feeling that reminds me of picking Macoun apples and finding the biggest pumpkin that I'll save for the next five weeks and carve on Halloween night.
The closest saint to the autumnal equinox that I could think of is St. Medard, the patron saint of harvests. He was born in Salency, Picardy, France c.456. He worked as a preacher and missionary.
St. Medard was named the bishop of Vermandois in 530. The reason he is associated with harvests is that as a young boy while he was out a walk there was a huge rainstorm. Just when he thought there was no place to take shelter, an eagle flew above and covered him like an umbrella.
St. Medard died on June 8, 545 and his feast day is June 8.

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