Wednesday, 22 November 2006

Birthday Meme

Anne of Denmark

Before leaving for the start of the APGL Conference and then going on for an overnight stay at London Colney for some in-service training, let me just complete a meme suggested by the dúnadan. Here are the instructions:

1) Go to Wikipedia

2) In the search box, type your birth month and day but not the year.

3) List three events that happened on your birthday

4) List two important birthdays and one death

5) One holiday or observance (if any)

Right - my birthday (12 December) is the day of:

  • the Battle of Nineveh in 627, when a Byzantine army under the Emperor Heraclius defeated the Persian forces, commanded by General Rhahzadh.

  • the Massacre of Ma'arrat al-Numan (1098) during the First Crusade

  • most importantly, the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe to St Juan Diego - and this great Marian feast is kept on 12 December
I share my birthday with Anne of Denmark (b.1574 - Catholic wife of James I) and St Madeline Sophie Barat (b.1779) (as well as Frank Sinatra) and it is the anniversary of the death of Keiko, the killer whale who starred in the first three Free Willy films!

I hereby tag Fr Tim, Fr Sean and Joee Blogs.



Blogger Pastor in Valle said...

I'll happily do it, Fr Nick; but I've just embarked on a major series of posts, and want to save it until after. Hope this is all right.

7:25 pm  
Anonymous Elena Maria Vidal said...

Interesting how Anne of Denmark was drawn to the Catholic faith. Her husband, of course, had been baptized a Catholic but was raised a Protestant. Did any of their children ever become Catholic?

1:07 pm  
Blogger Fr Nicholas said...

Yes, it is amazing that Anne became a Catholic in the 1590s, despite her Lutheran background and being married to a non-Catholic King. None of her children became Catholics - although her daughter, Elizabeth (from whom the Hanoverian monarchs are descended), had been the favoured puppet monarch of the Catholic Gunpowder Plotters of 1605. Of course, Anne's Catholicism was continued by her grandsons Charles II (received into the Church on his deathbed) and James II.

3:47 pm  
Anonymous elena maria vidal said...

Thank you, Father. And Anne's granddaughter Louise (daughter of Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter Queen), the one who wanted to marry Montrose, became a Catholic and a nun, I believe.

4:25 am  

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