Martha's Name Day

This year Martha's Name day was on 29th July 2017

Martha is derived from the Hebrew, 'a lady'; Martha has a name day of 29th July and our description is based upon the female usage of the name.
This Name has no alternative spellings or shorter versions

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

  • Housewives
  • Cooks
  • Waiters
  • Dieticians

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

  • A water pot and asperge
  • Cooking pots
  • A ladle
  • A broom
  • A bunch of keys at her waist
  • A dragon bound with a girdle

Historically Famous Marthas

Martha is the patron saint of all those people who have little imagination and no great religious feeling, but who nevertheless get on with serving other people for the sake of Christ. When Jesus was staying with her family in Bethany, she complained to him that her sister Mary was doing nothing (apart from listening to Jesus) and that she, Martha, was having to do all the cooking on her own, Jesus was unimpressed. He was not about to banish Mary, who was listening so intently, to the kitchen. But it was for Martha that he under took the dangerous journey back to Bethany when he heard that their brother, Lazarus, had died, and for her that he raised Lazarus from death. Their encounter - 'I am the resurrection and the life', 'I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God' - is one of the most moving in John's Gospel. It is a little Passion, prefiguring Jesus' own, and it is the sensible, grumpy Martha, not the saintly Mary, whose faith evokes Jesus' power.

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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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