14 Jan – Happy Feast of the ****!

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smnth28 (Posted by) Level 3


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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