I have mentioned St Pirran the patron saint of Cornwall on here before. And his black and white cross is the County flag of Cornwall and it is being seen about more and more, which I think is good. Anyway it's his saints day tomorrow and the celebrations have started.
Bodmin, Troon and Pendeen are holding events on Saturday, with a
procession in Truro and a statue of the saint due to land at Perranporth beach at sunset.
Each year, St Piran's story is retold in a drama on the dunes near Perranporth's "lost" church on the Sunday nearest to March 5. These community projects - based in the parish of Perranzabuloe - have become increasingly popular over the years with the performaces attracting "one and all" from all over the world.
St Piran and his coracle (it's really an actor !)
I think there is a core of people who realise that we are in danger of losing important areas of our heritage. And I think it is also significant that the Cornish (and the people of Lincolnshire) have chosen a cross as their symbol.
My husband has visited the Chapel in the sands, but he drew the line at the trip in the coracle.
This is a delight to read about-- not only is the observance growing, but it's staying true to what the saint in question historically stood for.
It stands in sharp relief to the upcoming St. Patrick's Day holiday, as generally observed in the US, which, like Christmas and Valentine's Day, has been turned into a business opportunity (particularly for bars, in this case)... thus barely having anything to do with the figure it's meant to honor.
And yet, poor St. Brigid will be overlooked for another year, she the author of:
"I would like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings. I would like to be watching Heaven's family drinking it through all eternity."