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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.

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St Eusebius (d. ca. 371)
St Stephen (d. 257)

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St Walthof (d. ca. 1160)

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St Sixtus (d. 258)

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St Dominic (1170-1221)

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St Oswald (604-642)

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St Laurence (d. 258)

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St Susanna (d. ca. 295)

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St Clare (1193-1253)

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St Hippolytus (d. ca. 252)
St Radegund (518-587)

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St Roch (1350-1380)
St Stephen of Hungary (977-1038)

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St Hyacinth (1185-1257)
St Clare of Montefalco (d. 1308)

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St Helen (d. ca. 326)

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St. Canutus (d. 1086)

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St Bernard (1091-1153)

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St Symphorianus (d. ca. 200)

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St Philip Beniti (1233-1385)

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St Bartholomew (first century)
St Ouen (ca. 600-684)

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St Ebbe (d. 683)
St Louis (1215-1270)

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St Zephryinus (d. 217)

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St Caesarius (ca. 470-542)
St Monica (332-387)

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St Augustine (354-430)

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St Fergus (eighth century)
St Aidan (d. 651).

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