Saturday, December 25, 2010

Joyeux Noël!

Merry Christmas to all of my readers who are celebrating today!

I just love the purple doors on Saint Aubin Church, located at the south end of our town, La Ferté-Saint Aubin.

We've got just 7,000 people, but there are two churches (both Catholic) because at one time La Ferté and Saint Aubin were two separate villages with a meadow in between...

This church is named for Saint Aubin (pronounced oh-bahn), also known as Albinus. He was born around the year 470 into a noble Christian family in Languivic, in Brittany on the west coast of France. Saint Aubin entered the monastery as a youth, and was elected abbot at age thirty-five. In 529, he was named Bishop of Angers against his wishes. 

Saint Aubin was known for his work with the sick, indigent, widowed, enslaved and orphaned. He's said to have performed many miracles during his lifetime and after his death. Saint Aubin Day is March 1. Today, 95 communities in France have a form of Saint Aubin as part of their name.

I'll offer more details on this church in future posts, but for now, I wish you many blessings on this holiday!

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