Monday, February 23, 2009

A Prayer to the Paton Saints...

A very, very, very odd combination of events conspired with one another to lead me to write this. Actually, I guess all in all the events, themselves, are not odd. It’s the combination of them and their occurrence that is the odd part.

Probably two weeks ago (maybe three), The Da Vinci Code was on TV. If you haven’t seen the movie or read the book, I’m a little surprised. But the main character, Robert Langdon, is a professor of symbology, which really seems more to be a professor of all disciplines of history, sociology, and human geography. Anyway, he makes reference to the origins of the date Friday the 13th as being unlucky. I couldn’t remember what the year was, so I decided to re-read the book, find the date, and cross check some of the facts in the novel against whatever information I could find on the web.

As I read the book for the second time, there were a great number of things that caught my attention. Some of them jumped right out. Some of them were a bit more subtle. Some of them were wrapped in a character profile, some made allusions to religious history, some were dates, some were events, places, the list goes on and on. A lot of people have heard of The Knights Templar, particularly if you saw any Indiana Jones movies, with the exception of the most recent one, which was about the cinemagraphic equivalent of driving a nail through my hand. What about Freemasons, and some of their famous alumni? Famous works of art, and various speculations about undertones that most people don’t notice, or don’t care about?

So now as I’m reading, why not find out a little more about these things that a lot of people have heard about and forgotten? I’ve randomly googled so many different things in the past week, if someone is monitoring my threads, they’re going to think I’m going off to a Holy War. But today, I came across a name that most people have heard; Edward the Confessor. Here’s a little background just because… He was an Anglo-Saxton King, and the last of The House of Wessex. He was coroneted April 3rd, 1043. He was succeeded by Harold Godwinson. Harold II was the one responsible for pleading the case for canonization before Pope Alexander III in 1161. So? I dunno. Just thought you’d like to know. What this has to do with anything is this; Edward was named the Patron Saint of kings, difficult marriages, and separated spouses.

There’s a Paton Saint of difficult marriages and separated spouses?

So that got me thinking; what other odd things are there Patron Saints of? You would be shocked…

Are you an arms dealer? Then you’ll be wanting the additional protection of Adrian of Nicomedia. How about a bartender, Boy Scout, or innkeeper? You’ll want to find Amand. Anthony of Padua watches over brush makers. St. Christopher looks out for travelers, surfers, and athletes. Magnus of Avignon, as well as Peter the Apostle aid the safety of your neighborhood fishmonger considerably. Incidentally, Peter the Apostle is also the Patron Saint of about eight other things too.

Earlier this afternoon, my friend Aaron suggested we make a less-than-Holy pilgrimage to a nearby casino riverboat. What does this have to do with anything what so ever? It means I have say an extra prayer to St. Cajetan, the Patron Saint of gamblers and good fortune. Incidentally, he’s also the Paton Saint of the unemployed as well as job seekers. I guess that’s not really a coincidence huh?

2 Comments:

Blogger Abby said...

It does sound like you're off on a Holy War. Good luck with that one.

5:52 PM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

It would be nice if you posted the prayers to all those listed (St.amand in particular). Just so you know what to pray to whom

5:50 PM  

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