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Posted: Thursday, February 19th, 2009 @ 12:48 pm in Liturgical Calendar, Septuagesima | 1 Comment »

Shrovetide is the last few days before the start of Lent.  The name is derived from verb “to shrive” referring to being shriven of your sins at confession.  The Catholic Encyclopedia entry quotes the Ecclesiastical Institutes from about 1000 A.D. “In the week immediately before Lent everyone shall go to his confessor and confess his […]


Posted: Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 @ 9:01 pm in Liturgical Calendar, Septuagesima | Comments Off on Septuagesima

This week is the start of Septuagesima, which marks nine weeks until Easter. This brief season is used to prepare ourselves for Lent. In the past I have used this time to ease into my Lenten penance. But there is more to it than that. In fact that is not even the primary purpose of […]

Very Belated Candlemas Post

Posted: Saturday, February 7th, 2009 @ 10:39 pm in Christmas, Culture, Liturgical Calendar, Time After Epiphany | Comments Off on Very Belated Candlemas Post

I was really going to post this on time, but due to illness and other factors it got put on the back burner.  I was going to past a quote from the Liturgical Year, but I don’t have it handy so I’ll paraphrase.  Abbot Gueranger said that due to general ignorance and lapsed practice amongst […]