Saturday, November 10, 2007

St Leo the Great

Today is the Feast Day of St Leo the Great.

He reigned as Pope between 440 and 461. He persuaded Emperor Valentinian to recognize the primacy of the Bishop of Rome in an edict in 445.

We read of his efforts during the upheaval of the fifth century barbarian invasion. St Leo encountered Attila the Hun, at the very gates of Rome, persuading him to turn back. When the Vandals occupied the city of Rome, St Leo persuaded the invaders to desist from pillaging the city and harming its inhabitants.

Given that my name is Leonie, can I (sort of) adopt this day as my name day?

In honour of this feast, Anthony made me some low fat chocolate muffins.

Thank you, Anthony!
I shared them all, don't worry..


Rachel said...

I think it's a great idea using St. Leo as a Name-Day Saints Day for yourself. My patron is Margaret Clitherow but I can't find any Name-Day Saints for Rachel. Do you know of any.

Leonie said...

Hmm, Rachel. Let me think.....

This is about patron saints for people named Rachel, Raquel, etc.

people named
Rachel [hebrew]
Rachael [hebrew]
Rachele [italian]
Rachell [spelling variant]
Rachelle [hungarian, german, french]
Racquel [french]
Rae [nickname for rachel]
Rahal [spelling variant]
Rahel [german]
Raquel [american english]
Ra'Quel [american english]

the lamb [hebrew]


RACHILDIS of Saint-Gall

Also known as

23 November

Benedictine anchoress who lived walled up in a cell near Saint Wiborada, under obedience to the abbot of Saint Gall, Switzerland.

c.946 of natural causes

So, your name saint feast day is this month!

Leonie said...

patron saints for name Rachel

This link works better!

Fr. Benedict M. said...

sorry, a belated Happy Feast Day! Indeed Leo is Leone in Italian! So, yes, definitely your patron, and a good, strong one to have as well! Ad multos annos!

Leonie said...

Thanks Fr - and, yes, I love the fact that he was a strong person!