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August Holy Days and Festivals

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St Ethelwold (ca. 912-984)
Lammas: The day started by breaking up a one year old quarter loaf of bread and leaving it for the birds. Bread played a very important part in this holiday, and often entire courses consisted of nothing but bread dishes. At the end of the feast, everyone was given a loaf of bread with a lighted candle in it. The celebrants formed a circle and the steward led them around the hall three times. The candles were snuffed and all but one-quarter of the bread was eaten. The remainder would be saved for the next year to feed the birds.
2
St Eusebius (d. ca. 371)
St Stephen (d. 257)
3
St Walthof (d. ca. 1160)
6
St Sixtus (d. 258)
8
St Dominic (1170-1221)
9
St Oswald (604-642)
10
St Laurence (d. 258)
11
St Susanna (d. ca. 295)
12
St Clare (1193-1253)
13
St Hippolytus (d. ca. 252)
St Radegund (518-587)
16
St Roch (1350-1380)
St Stephen of Hungary (977-1038)
17
St Hyacinth (1185-1257)
St Clare of Montefalco (d. 1308)
18
St Helen (d. ca. 326)
19
St. Canutus (d. 1086)
20
St Bernard (1091-1153)
22
St Symphorianus (d. ca. 200)
23
St Philip Beniti (1233-1385)
24
St Bartholomew (first century)
St Ouen (ca. 600-684)
25
St Ebbe (d. 683)
St Louis (1215-1270)
26
St Zephryinus (d. 217)
27
St Caesarius (ca. 470-542)
St Monica (332-387)
28
St Augustine (354-430)
30
St Fergus (eighth century)
St Aidan (d. 651)

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