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St Pancras and parsley

Visited the church of Sant Jaume (St James the Apostle), reputedly the oldest church in Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain, on 10 February 2017.  The church is noteworthy for its side chapels which contain statues of saints, most of which are surrounded by numerous bunches of mostly fresh flowers.  An exception was the statue of Sant Pancraç (St Pancras), which had two vases of parsley (Petroselinum crispum) placed in front of it.

According to the woman tending the church’s shop, parsley is offered to St Pancras in the hope that the donor’s business will be successful.

The church of Santa Maria del Mar was visited later in the day.  It too had a statue of St Pancras with numerous candles lit in front of it, and a red and a white rose placed on the candle-holder, but no parsley.

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