Monday, December 6, 2021
December 6 is the feast day of St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas was a third century bishop who is recognized as the origin of the Santa Claus story. He was known for his generosity and his habit of secret gift giving.
St. Nicholas is the patron of children, coopers, sailors, fishermen, merchants, broadcasters, the falsely accused, repentant thieves, brewers, pharmacists, archers, and pawnbrokers.
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
December 14 is the feast day of St. John of the Cross. He was a sixteenth century mystic and poet who worked with St. Teresa of Avila to reform the Carmelite order.
St. John of the Cross is the patron saint of contemplatives, mystics, and Spanish poets.
Monday, December 13, 2021
December 13 is the feast day of St. Lucy (or St. Lucia). She was a fourth century Christian who was blinded and martyred. Lucia means “light”. In Scandinavia her feast day is celebrated with young girls carrying candles, with the lead girl wearing a wreath of lights on her head.
St. Lucy is the patroness of the blind, martyrs, epidemics; salesmen, throat infections, and writers.