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Friday, March 16, 2007

St, Urho's Day

Although our Ordo Kalendar (liturgical calendar) simply notes today as being Friday, March 16th, "Fast and Abstinence" (liturgical color purple), today is also St. Urho's Day (see Nonhistorical Traditions), the patron saint of Finland, who used his "splendid and loud voice" to chase the grasshoppers out of Finland and save the grape harvest, with the incantation "Heinäsirkka, heinäsirkka, mene täältä hiiteen!" ("Urho" also means "hero.")

There is a statue of him in Menahga, MN. Colors of the day are royal purple and nile green.

Unlike St. Patrick (tomorrow, liturgical color white), I don't expect to see St. Urho appear on the Ordo Kalendar any time soon.


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