St. Peter's Day

St. Peter's Day (Belgium)

June 29
Sint Pieter (as he is called in Belgium), who walked across the water to reach Jesus, is honored each year on June 29 by Belgian fishermen, mariners, and others who are exposed to the dangers of the sea. The Blessing of the Sea ceremony is performed at Blankenberge and other seaport towns in West Flanders near the saint's day. After a special church service is held, a procession of clergy, church dignitaries, and seamen carry votive offerings, flowers, and garlands down to the shore. Then the priests board the boats and go out to bless the waves.
Although the custom has died out in all but a few rural areas, the building of bonfires is traditional on St. Peter's Day in Belgium. Years ago, children trundled wheelbarrows from one farm to the next in search of wood for St. Peter's fires. As the flames grew higher and higher, the children danced in a ring around the bonfire. People still light candles on this night and say the rosary in commemoration of St. Peter.
See also Sts. Peter and Paul Day
CONTACTS:
Westtour v.z.w.
Toerisme Brugge - Zeebrugge
P.O. Box 744
Bruges, B 8000 Belgium
32-50-44-46-46; fax: 32-50-44-46-45
www.westtoer.be
SOURCES:
BkFest-1937, p. 44
BkFestHolWrld-1970, p. 102
FestWestEur-1958, p. 14

Celebrated in: Belgium

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What Pierre did not know was that the place where they presented him with bread and salt and wished to build a chantry in honor of Peter and Paul was a market village where a fair was held on St. Peter's day, and that the richest peasants (who formed the deputation) had begun the chantry long before, but that nine tenths of the peasants in that villages were in a state of the greatest poverty.
Every year we celebrate St. Peter's Day with an outdoor service, weather permitting, followed by dance displays and musical items, one of the highlights being the traditional maypole dancing.
Peter poems in tandem with Keble's "St. Peter's Day," from The Christian Year, we notice the poetic and theological distinctiveness of Rossetti's devotional poetics.
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Peter," alluding to the devotional watching occurring on the eve of St. Peter's Day, becomes an occasion for Christ to watch the speaker-poet.
The degree of intimacy between Christ and the penitent presupposes the trust, love, and divine protection found in Keble's "St. Peter's Day"; here, however, divine Love is not limited to the saint, but also requested by the penitent speaker.
Rossetti's heart remains "more rugged than a rock" in another sense, too: the speaker had, like Peter, apparently denied knowing Christ, but instead of turning and weeping ("St. Peter's Day," l.
The Divine gaze, transformed to a gaze on the Divine, becomes a prerequisite to Christ wringing the speaker's heart to make it whole (to paraphrase Keble's "St. Peter's Day," l.