JANUARY 7TH – ST. DISTAFF’S DAY

I’m not sure what the Three Kings were doing on the day after Epiphany, but if, the Shepherds were like English farmworkers, they would still be on holiday until next Monday. However, the women, according to folk customs, went back to work on the 7th, the day after Epiphany.


In London the Fraternity of St Anne and St Agnes used to meet at the Church in London with that name, and which is near to the Museum of London on the corner of Gresham Street and Noble Street, just by the corner of the Roman Wall. St Agnes is the patron saint of young girls, and St Anne is the mother of the mother of the Son of God, and thereby the three generations of women are represented. Maidens, mothers, and grandmothers, a reminded that this trinity has been honoured in London since the 3 Mother Goddesses in the Roman period. Given this churches attributions it is very strange that the Christopher Wren’s Church was leased by the Lutheran Church from 1966 to 2013

The Three Mother Goddesses (and someone else) in the Museum of London


St. Distaff’s Day is explained best by Robert Herrick (1591–1674)

Partly work and partly play
You must on St. Distaff’s Day:
From the plough soon free your team;
Then come home and fother them;
If the maids a-spinning go,
Burn the flax and fire the tow.
Bring in pails of water then,
Let the maids bewash the men.
Give St. Distaff all the right;
Then bid Christmas sport good night,
And next morrow every one
To his own vocation.

Reading Museum's copy of the Bayeaux Tapestry.  King Edward in Westminster. To the right in his Palace. The the left in his coffin on the way to burial in the new built Westminster Abbey
Reading Museum’s copy of the Bayeaux Tapestry. King Edward in Westminster. My Virtual Walk ‘LONDON. 1066 AND ALL THAT VIRTUAL WALK’ is this Sunday 9th Jan. Book here:

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