Gregors Mass March 12th. A sign of Spring.

The first item notched onto the Runic Prim Stave for March, is Gregors Mass, or the celebration of Gregory The Great, Pope from 590 to 604. The spring should now be so advanced that one could go to bed without using a light. Something to celebrate !


“Gregorsmesse. 12. mars, var en viktig kirkehøytid til minne om pave Gregor den store. Noen primstaver har en fugl som merke, og det er rimelig å tolke denne som en due, et av St. Gregors helgenattributter. I folketroen ble fuglen oppfattet som en kråke, fordi kråkene gjerne kommer innover i landet på denne tiden og blir regnet som vårtegn. Over hele landet blir kråka tillagt hermet:

 Gregorsmesse må de venta meg, Marimess kjem eg visst, kjem eg ikkje før Sommardagen, då skal eg koma om det er på ein stav!

“The Crow says: Expect now my arrival, at Marimess (March 25th.) I will be there for sure, if I am not there before Summer Day (March 21st.), then I will arrive, even if it is like a notch on a Stick”

Folk tenkte seg vårjevndøgn ved Gregorsmesse, og en vanlig tradisjon er at nå er det blitt så lyst at man kan legge seg uten å tenne lys. Mildvær Gregorsmesse tydet godt for årets høyavling; nordavind spådde kald vår (Gaular); frost gav sen vår (Nordhordland). Som været var dagen etter Gregorsmesse, skulle vårværet bli, sa man i Sogn. På Jæren var Gregorsmesse flyttedag for tjenere. Enkelte steder gikk barn, utkledd som «gregoriusbrud» og «gregoriusbrudgom», rundt og tigget.”

  On my Runic Primstav calender Gregory Mass is two marks after the “bird”, might have to do with full moon two days ago ? Most interpret the bird as a Dove, often used in his teaching, but for some it is a Crow, that would come as a sign of spring.

The weather on this day would be an indication of the coming season, mild weather, good hay crop, north wind, a cold spring, (BC lower mainland will get a cold spring), frost a late spring, and some relied their predictions on the weather the day after Gregorsmesse. The day was used by farm laborers to move to new jobs.

I gave a raven two slices of nice rye bread today, that might help for a warm spring.

“Pope Gregory I (Latin: Gregorius I) (c. 540 – 12 March 604), better known in English as Gregory the Great, was pope from 3 September 590 until his death. Gregory is well-known for his writings, which were more prolific than those of any of his predecessors as pope.[1]

“Physically, Gregory was of medium height and good figure. His head was large and bald, surrounded with a fringe of dark hair. His face was well-proportioned, with brown eyes, aquiline nose, thick and red lips, high-colored cheeks, and prominent chin sparsely covered with a tawny beard. His hands with tapering fingers, were remarkable for their beauty”

Images for Gregory Mass      

Attention: St. Gregor, a Village in Saskatchewan.

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Population 121, with 46 dwellings. This is your day to celebrate.

and, remember Juliette Low, (in the center)  Founder of Girlscouts in 1912.  “While attending a luncheon in England in 1911, she met Lord Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the British Boy Scouts, through whom she became keenly interested in the scouting movement. During that year she organized a troop of Girl Guides (the female equivalent of the Boy Scouts) among poor girls at her estate at Glenlyon, Scotland, and then founded two more troops in London. Then on March 12, 1912, Daisy established the first troop of Girl Guides in the United States in her native Savannah.”

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