Teresa's Name Day

This year Teresa's Name day is on 15th October 2018

Teresa is derived from the Greek, 'of Tharasia' or 'reaper'; Teresa has a name day of 15th October 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 Teresa, whose feast day the celebration is based upon is a patron saint of the following:

  • Spain

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

  • Roses and lilies
  • A heart in flames
  • Flaming arrows
  • A dove

Historically Famous Teresas

St Teresa of Avila and St Therese of Lisieux are two of the most extraordinary women of the Church, and both of them were quite different. Teresa was a witty, energetic woman of the world who nevertheless became one of the greatest contemplatives. She worked with St John of the Cross and others to reform the Carmelite Order in which she had become professed as a nun. She lived during the time of the Counter-Reformation in Spain when there was a great flowering of learning and discipline in the Roman Catholic Church amidst the careless laxity of many of the clergy and religious houses. Certainly, much of that is to Teresa's credit, and she was the first woman to be honoured as a 'Doctor of the Church' for all her writings on prayer and the inner life. Conversely, her letters and the descriptions of her that survive show us a fascinatingly contradictory saint who was impatient with 'stupid nuns' and yet humble about her own intellectual abilities; an ecstatic visionary who distrusted the supernatural phenomena which occurred around her; a brilliant cook; and someone who was determined to lead those who would follow her into a life of strict austerity and discipline

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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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