Rooster Weather Vanes on Barns

Have you ever wondered why so many weather vanes on barns have roosters on them?

According to the Farmer’s Almanac it’s because Peter denied Jesus three times before the rooster crowed. (Luke 22:54-62)

Apparently many early Christians thought the rooster was a good symbol of Christianity. But according to the Farmer’s Almanac, in the 9th century Pope Nicholas decreed that “all churches must display the rooster on their steeples or domes as a symbol of Peter’s betrayal of Jesus.” Since many church steeples already contained a weather vane, it became customary for weather vanes to sport a rooster in fulfilment of the Pope’s decree.

When European farmers, even those who were not Catholic, started coming to settle North America centuries later, they brought the familiar weather vanes with roosters to North America with them.

So today any ride in the country can remind us of the Gospel of Luke.

%d bloggers like this: