feast of st peter’s chains


noun

  1. See under Lammas(def 2).

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.

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
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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