Tomorrow – 14 January – is the Feast of the ****, the Festum Assinorum (in Latin, plural… inclusive!).
No, I am not talking about whom you think I’m talking about. And, no, it’s not a special Jesuit feast.
Feast - France - Feast - Fools - Donkeys
The feast which became popular in France, could have stemmed from the so-called “feast of fools”. It may tendrils into biblical donkeys, or the integration of the **** into the nativity narrative. It could have been in part inspired by a sermon of pseudo-Augustine.
The day included the tradition of a parading a couple of kids (not goats) on an **** (not a Jesuit) right into the church, next to the pulpit during the sermon. The congregation would respond with loud “hee haws”.
Middle - Ages
Who said that the Middle Ages were dreary?
In any event, it was celebrated for a long time and then faded out.
Greeting - Cards
Here are possible greeting cards.
One for your parish priests….
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