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The Feast of St. Andrew

Today is the feast day for St. Andrew, the first-called apostle and patron saint of Scotland. I also share his name, in case you didn't notice. So happy name day to me. Here's some more info on my namesake and his feast day:

And finally, single women, take note! St. Andrew's Day holds the key to your future. Here are some "peculiar marriage-related superstitions" that have attached themselves to this day:

  • An old German tradition says that single women who wish to marry should ask for Saint Andrew's help on the Eve of his feast, then sleep naked that night; they will see their future husbands in their dreams.
  • Another says that young women should note the location of barking dogs on Saint Andrew's Eve: their future husbands will come from that direction.
  • On the day after Andrew's feast, young people float cups in a tub; if a boy's and a girl's cup drift together and are intercepted by a cup inscribed "priest", it indicates marriage.

Oops. Looks like the good ones were for last night. Oh well. If you consider yourself a "young person," try the cup floating trick tomorrow and tell me how it turns out. And also where you happened to get a cup inscribed "priest." 'Cause that just sounds cool.

Comments (5)


OMG. you dork.



I wasn't gonna say anything but...



Give me a break! I'm a library science major. This is what I do -- organize information! Sheesh. Can't let a guy toot his own horn... err, name... whatever.


Hey, I'm a liberry science major too, and you don't see me blathering on about saints and floating cups and sleeping naked, now do you??


I can't believe I forgot to wish you a happy Feast of St. Andrew.

Well, at least I can pray with you:

Almighty God, who gave such grace to your apostle Andrew that he readily obeyed the call of your Son Jesus Christ, and brought his brother with him: Give us, who are called by your Holy Word, grace to follow him without delay, and to bring those near to us into his gracious presence; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

You know, I went to a St. Andrew church myself when I was younger (http://www.sapch.org). They wouldn't know the Feast of St. Andrew if it bit them in the ass.

I sleep naked sometimes.


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