Festival Days – St John Nepomuk

St John Nepomuk

March 20th is the festival day of St John Nepomuk.  I saw him once when visiting the village of Škofja Loka in Slovenia.

On the way to the village we crossed a six hundred year old stone bridge across the Selška Sora and in the middle is a statue of St John Nepomuk who is supposed to be the bringer of good luck.  Well the sort of luck that old St John brings I can happily do without.  The man, who built the bridge, a certain bishop Leopold, fell off it shortly after completion and he drowned in the river below.  Where was St John on that particular day I wondered?

Actually I found this statue a bit surprising because poor old John Nepomuk didn’t seem to have a great deal of luck himself in his lifetime as he was a Jesuit priest who was tortured and killed by King Wenceslas in 1393 and his body was thrown into the river Vltava in Prague.

Because of his aquatic final resting place he is regarded as a protector from floods but he must have been off duty in August 2003 when the city endured its worst deluge for two hundred years and forty thousand people were evacuated and the cost of repairing the damage ran into billions.  Where was St John on that particular day I wondered?

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15 responses to “Festival Days – St John Nepomuk

  1. This St John seems a bit of a slacker as far as his saintly duties go!

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  2. Stick with the rabbit’s foot, I say! It sounds like St.John should be the patron saint to pray to for the end of a drought!

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  3. Haha, are the people still praying and calling St John Nepomuk for help I wonder… I wouldn’t do that if I were them 😆

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  4. Poor St. John. He’ not getting any respect and no-one is getting any satisfaction. 😀 😀 😀

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  5. Hmmm, no point in asking St.John for next week’s winning Lottery numbers then?

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  6. I’m sure I saw him on a bridge in Bruges too – I wonder if he’s the patron saint of bridges?!

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  7. There must have been two King Wenceslases. The Good King and the Bad King. Or was Good King Wenceslas having a bad day.

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