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St. John and the South

Canisius | 06 May, 2006 16:55

Back in the day, May 6 was the feast of “St. John before the Latin gate”. It celebrated the time St. John the Evangelist was, according to tradition, cast into boiling oil. He survived by a miracle, but the Church has credited it to him as a kind of virtual martyrdom.

As an aside, I’ve noticed that most of these old historical feasts have dropped from the calendar: the finding of the cross, the translation of the holy house of Loreto, the boiling of St. John the Evangelist, etc. I don’t have any kind of insider information, but the appearance is that someone was worried about feasts in honor of traditional but unprovable miracles. The current calendar is much less committed to particular historical facts.

But getting back to the feast of the day, I think that this particular day could be a key in promoting Catholicism in the Bible Belt, where I grew up. My thought is that we could invent a new food to honor when John was presumably beaten and then thrown into boiling oil:

Battered and fried lamb strips!

If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, the way to a southern man’s heart is by way of fried food. I can’t think of a better excuse for it than today–not that I’m likely to get any today, but I’ll try to do better next year.


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