Happy Saint Gertrude’s Day
Seriously. Especially if you love cats!
Nivelles hails a Saint adopted
Feast Day with Patrick is co-opted
No banished snakes or green beer
Feline lovers would cheer
The tale of Saint Gertrude is not concocted
March 17th is the feast day of another special saint, who is almost always overlooked by the history books. Her name is Saint Gertrude of Nivelles, the Patron Saint of cats! Born in 628, she was a nun and Roman Catholics formally declared a feast day for her in 1677 by Pope Clement XII.
In the 1980’s, Gertrude admirers made the leap from associating Saint Gertrude from rodent banisher to the protector of cats, since cats hate mice too. Each fall, Nivelles, Belgium holds Le Tour Sainte-Gertrude, a parade around the city that draws many pilgrims and features a mass in honor of St. Gertrude and her good works.
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Thanks for elevating St. Gertrude! My boat cat, Bella approves!
Finally a female saint to celebrate! I had not heard of her before. Great job!
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I'm glad I found this gem among all the stuff about that other saint. I do know about Saint Gertrude, although I have learnt more here. I intend to include her in my own series of saints.
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An educational limerick! Excellent! Well done and congrats on your Top Story, Dana. :)
Great work - and super interesting, as a diehard cat lover myself! Congrats on Top Story, Dana! <3
Good info! I did not know, so thank you for sharing! And congrats on Top Story! :)
Love the limerick and the info is awesome. 🥰. Happy St Gertrude’s Day
Nice! Both the limerick and the info. I learned something new today!
loved everything about this! the limerick and the details after! thought i was already subscribed, but I am now! congrats on TS!
Oh wow, this is so fascinating, I never knew about her! She's so inspirational! And I love cats too! Congratulations on your Top Story!
Super interesting! Never heard of this story! Congrats on the top story and on finding a very unique topic for today!
Oh, I never knew! Amazing limerick, and I enjoyed learning something!! ☺️❤️ Congrats on Top Story!! 😍😍
As a cat lover, this makes me so happy! 😄
Thanks! I have got to read more about this one.
I enjoyed this so much! I loved the cover art, your lovely limerick and the afterwards! Great stuff :) Congratulations on Top Story!!
Congratulations, Dana!! This was great (and also so interesting to learn about!)😁
Happy St Gertrude's Day! Congratulations on Top story!
Congrats on the Top Story. Happy St. Gertrude's day. Abigail is impressed.
Happy St. Gertrude's Day! Congratulations on Top Story!
I knew the stories we heard about St. Patrick were fabricated or exaggerated. But is the first I’ve heard of St. Gertrude. I 💖 her! Thank you for sharing. Great poem too!
I just learned a lot. As a cat lover I'm grateful to have this knowledge bestowed upon me by you. Thank goodness for a great fan club: "from rodent banisher to the protector of cats." Congratulations on your Top Story!