Our Lady of Celestial Fire

Festival for Faunus

December 5

(Roman) Ancient: Non. Dec.
This is the joyous rural festival, described in Horace’s Odes (3.18), which calls on Faunus (the “Kindly One,” from favere = to help, support) to visit the fields and bless them. Incense is burned on an altar of earth, which is used year after year; wine is offered, and in ancient times a kid was sacrificed. [SFR 201]