Revisiting The Ice Saints


St Roch

 Here is an excerpt on a posting I wrote last year. It is once again time for the Ice Saints and, just in case, I am waiting to plant my vegetable garden until their dates pass.

A near-by town called Manosque has a festival for St. Pancrace. I had never heard of him, as usual, and did a little web search. He was a Roman matyr who was killed for his Christian beliefs when he was fourteen. He has become a saint for young people but is also known as the Ice Saint along with two other saints, Mamert and Servais. They each have the dates May 11th, 12th and 13th, or they did in the past. The Catholic church took them off the roster as I guess they were considered a little too pagan. It doesn’t stop celebrations of them, of course. They are called the Ice Saints because these three dates are known to be Spring days when temperatures often plummet and anyone who does planting never plants a thing until these dates are past which makes me worried about my little vegetable garden. Apparantly, the earth passes through some cosmic dust at this time every year and affects the sun, and thus the weather changes sometimes. Stuff like this amazes me. I love learning new information from centuries past that still affect us today. So, I plan to make a trip to Manosque for that festival and also to Grambois, a very nearby perched village which, I found out, considers Saint Pancrace their patron saint, not only a guide to planting but they also feel that he protected them from the plague in the 1700’s. There is a little part of the church there devoted to him. I am hoping to find the church open and take a photo of his bust there.



St Pancrace-a golden haired youth

4 thoughts to “Revisiting The Ice Saints”

  1. Thanks for that info – never heard of Ice Saints before…
    I’m in Michigan right now and even thought the weather’s warm, I would not plant anything until May 15th!

  2. This stuff really interest me. Thanks for sharing.
    Up north where I live I’ve always heard that you shall not plant untill after May 17th, our Constitutional Day. We had frost here the other night.

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