Benedict's Name Day

This year Benedict's Name day was on 11th July 2017

Benedict is derived from- the Latin, 'blessed'; Benedict has a name day of 11th July and our description is based upon the male usage of the name.
This name is a truly ancient name from which numerous variations have been derived as shown below (NB The M or F in brackets are Male or Female orientated names)

Saint Benedict, whose feast day the celebration is based upon is a patron saint of the following:

  • Architects
  • Farm workers
  • Monks
  • Europe

Symbols are often associated with Saints, it often helped in the middle ages when people were unable to read thus Benedict has the following symbols associated

  • A ball of fire
  • A raven and a pitcher
  • Briars and roses
  • A broken cup with a serpent on a book
  • A convent on a mountain.

Historically Famous Benedicts

As St Anthony the Great is known as the 'father of monasticism' as a whole, St Benedict (48O-c.550) is the father of that particular form we know so well in the West - the Benedictine Rule, still hugely influential in the Church today. Monks and nuns live, work and pray in monastic houses, while keeping alive the tradition of learning, the arts and hospitality. Benedict was an Italian, born to aristocratic parents, and had a twin sister who was also canonized as St Scholastica. His own monastery was founded at Monte Cassino in 547. Apart from his wisdom and moderation, Benedict was also known as a great healer and one through whom God would raise the dead.

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Name days stem from celebrations or festivals held to celebrate Saints, these dates were chosen by the relevant church that had declared the person a Saint and as they were often only referred to by a single name then the festival became known as that particular name's day hence name day. The  popular custom of celebrating your name day is wide spread across Europe and the middle east it's rise can be traced back to people's desire to have the occasional party and with literacy being constrained to clergy and similar scribes then people would not know the date unless informed via this route hence if your saint name was being celebrated then why not push the boat out!

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