Daily Archives: February 10, 2012

February 10: Umbrella Day and St. Charalampus

February 10 is Umbrella Day! Use it to protect from rain (or any type of precipitation) or sun! Since we’re expecting snow showers tomorrow, I don’t think I’ll have to worry about the sun at all. (C. S. Lewis fans, I’m still hoping to meet Mr. Tumnus someday at the lamp post near our house!)

Do you like tiny umbrellas for the convenience, or great big ones for more protection? And does anyone else adore transparent umbrellas as much as I do?

 “‘If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit. Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land.

Leviticus 26:3-5

February 10 is also the feast day of St. Charalampus, whose name means “joyful light.” He was either a bishop or priest in the Thessaly region of Greece. When he was arrested and tortured for his faith, he thanked the soldiers for “scraping off the old body” and preparing his soul for heaven. In 202 AD he was finally martyred. Legend has it that many witnesses – soldiers, the proconsul, even the emperor’s daughter – were so amazed by his faith that they became Christians as well.

As Tertullian said: “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.”