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Feast of St. Peter's Chains

noun
1.
See under Lammas (def 2).

Lammas

[lam-uh s] /ˈlæm əs/
noun
1.
a former festival in England, held on August 1, in which bread made from the first harvest of corn was blessed.
2.
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.
Also called Lammas Day.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English Lammesse, Old English hlāmmæsse, hlāfmæsse. See loaf, -mas
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Lammas

/ˈlæməs/
noun
1.
(RC Church) Aug 1, held as a feast, commemorating St Peter's miraculous deliverance from prison
2.
Also called Lammas Day. the same day formerly observed in England as a harvest festival. In Scotland Lammas is a quarter day
Word Origin
Old English hlāfmæsse loaf mass
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Lammas

n.

Aug. 1 harvest festival with consecration of loaves, Old English hlafmæsse, literally "loaf mass," from hlaf (see loaf (n.)) + mæsse (see mass (n.2)). Altered by influence of lamb (and occasionally spelled lamb- in 16c.-17c.).

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