Clare's Name Day

This year Clare's Name day is on 12th August 2017

Clare is derived from the Latin, 'bright'; Clare has a name day of 12th August and our description is based upon the female 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 Clare, whose feast day the celebration is based upon is a patron saint of the following:

  • Embroiderers and those with eye troubles
  • Television

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

  • A chalice and host
  • A tall cross
  • A monstrance
  • A lily
  • A ciborium

Historically Famous Clares

Clare, born in Assisi, Italy, scandalized her wealthy family - just as St Francis had - by taking her faith too seriously and running away from them to live with Francis, his fellow monks and 'Lady Poverty' for the love of God. Of course, the free Franciscan life on the road was not suitable for a lady of that time, and Clare had to be content to lead her own Order of 'Poor Ladies' in the church of San Damiano, with a Rule written for her by St Francis. Although she and her sisters could not travel with Francis, they shared his devotion to Christ, and insisted on living in the greatest poverty. They embroidered church vestments and linen, and gave their enclosed lives to prayer. Clare herself seems to have been as loved by her sisters as Francis was by his followers. Franciscan austerity was never imposed on other people, but it seems to have given freedom and joy to anyone who dared to risk it.

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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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