Feast of St. Peter's Chains
- See under Lammas(def 2).
- a former festival in England, held on August 1, in which bread made from the first harvest of corn was blessed.
- a festival (Feast of St. Peter's Chains) observed by Roman Catholics on August 1, in memory of St. Peter's imprisonment and his miraculous deliverance.
Origin of Lammas
Also called Lammas Day.
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- RC Church Aug 1, held as a feast, commemorating St Peter's miraculous deliverance from prison
- Also called: Lammas Day the same day formerly observed in England as a harvest festival. In Scotland Lammas is a quarter day
Word Origin for Lammas
Old English hlāfmæsse loaf mass
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Word Origin and History for feast of st peter's chains
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