This calendar of saints is drawn from several denominations, sects, and traditions. Although it will no longer be updated daily, the index on the right will guide visitors to a saint celebrated on any day they choose. Additional saints will be added as they present themselves to Major.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

September 4 -- Feast of Saint Hermione

Yesterday's post was extra long, so today's will be very short. Hermione of Ephesus was the daughter of St. Philip the Deacon, described in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles as a prophetess. In fact her name means "earthly messenger" (or so I'm told). She was martyred during the last year of the reign of Trajan, AD 117.

Of course, I would not have picked her out of the many saints celebrated today if J.K. Rowling had not picked the name for one of her central characters. Oddly enough, in spite of the popularity of the series and of Emma Watson's film portrayal of the character, Hermione was still not among the top 1000 names for baby girls for the past eleven years.

Harry, by the way, did not make the top five hundred boys' names in the USA during the past eleven years and it is trending down. It climbed to #501 in 2001, but slid to #593 in 2006 and #658 in 2010.

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