Groundhog Day: More Winter or Early Spring?

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Today is Groundhog Day:

Groundhog Day (Canadian French: Jour de la Marmotte; Pennsylvania German: Grundsaudaag, Murmeltiertag) is a day celebrated on February 2. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will persist for six more weeks.

Did he see his shadow in your neck of the woods? What will it be? Six more weeks of winter or an early spring? Which do you prefer?

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Candlemas Bells (snowdrops)

Today is also Candlemas Day:

Candlemas is a Christian holiday celebrated annually on February 2. It celebrates three occasions according to Christian belief: the presentation of the child Jesus; Jesus’ first entry into the temple; and it celebrates the Virgin Mary’s purification (mainly in Catholic churches). …

Many Christians consider Jesus as the “light of the world” so it is fitting that candles are blessed on this day and that a candle-lit procession precedes the mass.  …

Candlemas is also known as Candelaria in Spanish speaking countries. Whoever finds baby figures hidden inside the Rosca de Reyes (Kings Cake) on Epiphany on January 6 is obliged to bring food to a gathering held on February 2. Many Orthodox Christians celebrate this event by bringing beeswax candles to their local church and requesting for these candles to be blessed to be used in the church or at home. Some Christians observe the practice of leaving Christmas decorations up until Candlemas.

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Tomorrow is the feast of St. Blaise:

The legend of his life that sprang up in the eighth century tell us that he was born in to a rich and noble family who raised him as a Christian. After becoming a bishop, a new persecution of Christians began. He received a message from God to go into the hills to escape persecution. Men hunting in the mountains discovered a cave surrounded by wild animals who were sick. Among them Blaise walked unafraid, curing them of their illnesses. Recognizing Blaise as a bishop, they captured him to take him back for trial. On the way back, he talked a wolf into releasing a pig that belonged to a poor woman. When Blaise was sentenced to be starved to death, the woman, in gratitude, sneaked into the prison with food and candles. Finally Blaise was killed by the governor.

Blaise is the patron saint of wild animals because of his care for them and of those with throat maladies.

On St. Blaise Day, some Christian denominations participate in the Blessing of the Throats, in which the saint is asked to intercede to protect participants from diseases of the throat. In some churches, crossed candles are placed beneath a participant’s chin as the invocation is voiced.

So this week, we have two days for which candles have a special significance, and we have the feast day of a saint who is the patron of wild animals, like that cute little groundhog at the top of the post.

Now I have an excuse for leaving the Christmas decorations up (other than sheer laziness)!

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88 responses to “Groundhog Day: More Winter or Early Spring?

  1. c67 • an hour ago
    Have to laugh when Dan Rather comes to Williams defense. One liar sticking up for another. NBC showing just how far they have fallen. Perpetuating lies about conservative politicians like Sarah Palin, creating lies by altering evidence regarding an open case in the public eye a la George Zimmerman and now the number one newsman of the network admits to pretnding to have been in a life and death wartime situation. It might be laughable if they weren’t influencing public opinion.

  2. this is great.. ever picture tells a story…don’t it…’ LIERS!!! ABOUND

    http://www.wnd.com/2015/02/dan-rather-backs-honest-decent-brian-williams/

  3. In December, The Huffington Post reported that Williams …… HAD renewed HIS contract with NBC News, ……4 which he would

    consequently anchor the “Nightly News” program “for years to come,”
    earning $10 million annually. …..W O W !!!!!! worth a LIE????

    Read more at http://www.birtherreport.com/2015/02/must-read-mainstream-medias-biggest-lie.html#ab0WFc6Ar7mUQhhE.99

  4. Lame Cherry
    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2015
    Eyes so Brown so full of Shit …OK this is a guessing game 4 ya all

  5. Whoops He Did It Again
    In O’s own words:
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday condemned those who seek to use religion as a rationale for carrying out violence around the world, declaring that “no god condones terror.”

    “We are summoned to push back against those who would distort our religion for their nihilistic ends,” Obama said during remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast.
    SNAP
    “our”??!!??
    what you mean our?
    Well, it depends on what “our” means:
    So here’s Merriam-Webster,
    Full Definition of OUR
    : of or relating to us or ourselves or ourself especially as possessors or possessor, agents or agent, or objects or object of an action
    OK then what does “us” mean?
    Again from Merriam Webster:
    us
    pronoun \ˈəs\

    —used to refer to the speaker and another person or group of people as the indirect object or direct object of a verb

    In other words, “our” religion indicates that the speaker (that would be O)
    and others are in the group pointed to as the people who hold to the religion being used by isis.
    Sounds like the “57 states” to me.

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