Milling, or the grinding of cereal into flour, is one of the oldest known professions. The patron saint of millers is St Winnoc, a seventh century abbot of Wormhout, Flanders, originally presumed to be from Wales.
Flour gets a bad rap today, but in earlier generations when processed food wasn’t ubiquitous, it was an important part of the diet of most of the European world. The Lord’s Prayer says “Give us this day our daily bread”.
St Winnoc’s celebrration of 18 September is for his “translation”, the day his remains were moved. He is often invoked against drought, and it is therefore seemly to think of him today, a day when the first soft rains of spring are falling in much of Gauteng and Mpumalanga after a hard year of unbroken drought.
So for today, I will continue to pray for the breaking of this drought, and to give thanks for my daily bread which I will enjoy.