Eagle Archive: Good riddance to short, dark, gray, cold and dreary month of February http://tinyurl.

Eagle Archive: Good riddance to short, dark, gray, cold and dreary month of February http://tinyurl.com/ackwtma

By Kevin E. Dayhoff, March 5, 2013 http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/carroll/news/community/ph-ce-eagle-archive-0303-20130305,0,4412485.story

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T.S. Eliot wrote in the poem, "The Waste Land," published in November of 1922, that "April is the cruelest month."

I could not disagree more.

The month of February is a horrible joke foisted upon us. This, in spite of the fact that Feb. 24, St. Matthias Day, is, by tradition, understood to be the luckiest day of the year.

According to research by the Historical Society of Carroll County, "The Jan. 27, 1922, issue of the Union Bridge Pilot newspaper mentioned St. Matthias Day, saying: 'Another bit of old weather lore comes February 24, St. Matthias day. According to the old saying: 'If he finds ice, he'll break it. If he finds none, he'll make it.'" …

Saint Matthias is a pretty mysterious character in the Bible. He is only mentioned twice — in Acts 1:21-22 and Acts 1: 26. In those passages, it is noted that following the Ascension of Christ, 120 disciples were assembled by Peter to choose a replacement for Judas. Two were nominated for consideration, Joseph Barsabbas, also known as Justus, and Matthias.

The choice between the two was determined by the luck of the draw. Acts 1: 26 says, "And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias."

His name is never mentioned again in the New Testament, even though he was named the twelfth disciple.

Anyway, when it comes to weather in the month of February, we are not as lucky as Matthias… http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/carroll/news/community/ph-ce-eagle-archive-0303-20130305,0,4412485.story

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