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Saint Joel the Skull-Carrier

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December 6 is the Feast Day of Saint Joel the Skull-Carrier. Saint Joel was the cryptkeeper at the Abbey of Saint Peter in the town of Lowing’s Ford, which is known today as Lake Jordania. Therein lies most of the tale. Heavy flooding would eventually destroy the town, and as water levels rose in the crypt, Saint Joel carried each set of bones by hand to higher ground. He is shown as a middle-aged man with a tonsure, carrying a skull in his hands. A medal of St. Joel is used as a hood-ornament on most hearses today.

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