Monday, 25 January 2021

St Paul's Day....... January 25th

 There are some weather  sayings connected to today January 25th, which is St. Paul's Day.

If St.Pauls Day be fair and clear,
It doth betide a happy year;
But if by chance it then should rain,
It will make dear all kinds of grain;
And if the clouds make dark the sky,
Then neate* and fowls this year shall die;
If blustering winds do blow aloft,
Then wars shall trouble the realm full oft.

* Neate is an old word for cattle
According to my Book of Saints January 25th actually commemorates The Conversion of St Paul. A man who hated and persecuted Christians he was on his way to Damascus  to seize the Christians there and bring them to Jerusalem for punishment when the famous conversion took place.

Changing his name from Saul to Paul after his conversion his writings and letters had a great influence on other people at the time and much later.

The illustrations on the page in the book are from a painting by Carravagio and from a stained glass window in Lincoln Cathedral.

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  1. Well it's lovely and bright here today so that bodes well! Hope it is for your too Sue. xx

  2. Happy St Paul's Day to you, Sue. It's sunny here too so fingers crossed.

  3. It's "fair and clear" here so let's hope "it doth betide a happy year"! Wouldn't that be nice?

  4. Sunny and cold in North Yorks here. Hope all is well with you!

  5. Yes it's a beautiful sunny cold day here, lots of snow which
    arrived yesterday it was lovely to see a few youngsters on sledges, hope it clears soon but pretty. I think a lot about my youngsters which have to travel.
    Hazel c uk 🌈🌈☃️☃️☃️

  6. This is also Dydd Santes Dwynwen, Saint Dwynwen's Day, in Wales. She is the Welsh equivalent of Saint Valentine.

  7. The story of Paul's conversion on the Road to Damascus is a wonderful one. Paul should be adopted as the patron saint of Bloggers!

  8. Well Sue, the sky here is a clear, deep blue and the sun is shining directly into mu sitting room. It is a glorious day - I do hope it bodes well for the weather this year - we could all do with some good news.

  9. Fair and clear here too. As Rustic Pumpkin said, here in Wales St Paul shares the day with Saint Dwynwen. She was apparently the prettiest of Brychan Brecheiniog's 24 daughters. I think I remember reading that all his (MANY) children became saints.

  10. Interesting how rarely people have "Pauline conversions" from one viewpoint to another. Once our minds are made up one way, we tend to stick that way. Perhaps he should the patron saint of mind-changers! :)

  11. Certainly happy this is tradition and not truth. We are in the middle of a major winter storm. 11-12" of snow and wind.