JANUARY 3RD – 10TH DAY OF CHRISTMAS & THE FEAST OF ST GENEVIEVE

priant pour arrêter la pluie lors des moissons, réalisé au XIXe siècle par Alfred Gérente pour orner le corridor de la nouvelle sacristie de Notre-Dame de Paris.
Saint Geneviève praying for the end of the rain. 19th Century by Alfred Gérente Notre-Dame de Paris.

Two pieces of weather lore from Richard Inwards book of the same name:

Janiveer freeze the pot by the fire
As the day lengthens
So the cold strengthens

In January should the sun appear
March and April will pay full dear.

And remember we are still following Gervase Markham, suggesting that the weather on the 10th Day of Christmas will rule the weather in the 10th Month. So October will be sunny at first, then grey, but warm.

St Genevieve of Nanterre has her feast day today. Nanterre is an ancient settlement swallowed up by modern Paris. Genevieve is a most remarkable women who met St Germanus on his way to Britain and became a consecrated virgin at the age of 15. She led an aesthetic life of fasting and prayer. In 451 she led the Parisians in prayer on the approach of the Huns led by Attila, and is credited with his decision not to attack the City. She lived to 89.

Incidently, Nanterre has an interesting prehistory. The name in Celtic means ‘enduring sacred site’, and a big cemetery found there makes it possibly the original site of Paris, or at least an important early site. Julius Caesar attended an assembly with local Gallic leaders in the area. The topography of Nanterre fits as well as the Île de la Cité some argue.

One Reply to “JANUARY 3RD – 10TH DAY OF CHRISTMAS & THE FEAST OF ST GENEVIEVE”

  1. Thanks for that!
    I live in Nanterre and this excellent post sums up very well all the things archaeology and History tell us about our city!

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