So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Monday, September 12, 2016

Happy Feast of Saint Guy!

Saint Guy, Patron of
  • Anderlecht
  • animals with horns
  • bachelors
  • people with epilepsy
  • laborers
  • protection of outbuildings, protection of sheds, protection of stables
  • sacristans
  • sextons
  • work horses
  • and is invoked against epilepsy, against rabies, against infantile convulsions, and against mad dogs.
In iconography he is represented as a peasant praying with an angel plowing a nearby field or as a pilgrim with a book or with a hat, staff, rosary, and an ox at his feet.
His grave was said to have been found when a horse kicked it.
Cab drivers of Brabant led an annual pilgrimage to Anderlecht until the beginning of World War I in 1914. They and their horses headed the procession followed by farmers, grooms, and stable boys, all leading their animals to be blessed. The village fair that ended the religious procession was celebrated by various games, music, and feasting, followed by a competition to ride the cart horses bareback. The winner entered the church on bareback to receive a hat made of roses from the parish pastor.
Saint Guy: pray for us.

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