Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May 19 - Saint Yves, Patron Saint of Lawyers

Today is the feast of Saint Yves, who is the patron saint of lawyers; although in recent centuries, he has been overshadowed by the great St. Thomas More. It was said of Saint Yves, "Sanctus Ivo erat Brito, Advocatus et non latro, Res mirando populo," which translated means "Saint Yves was a Breton and a lawyer, but not a thief, a remarkable thing in the people's eyes." So they were making lawyer jokes even well before Shakespeare's time.

The Detroit Institute of Arts has a wonderful--and very large--painting of St. Yves by the great artist Peter Paul Rubens.

Saint Yves, patron of lawyers, pray for us!