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Thread #109544   Message #2290833
Posted By: PoppaGator
17-Mar-08 - 03:30 PM
Thread Name: BS: Sad dayfor Irish in parts of US at least
Subject: RE: BS: Sad dayfor Irish in parts of US at least
St. Patrick's Day almost always falls during Lent, Rap, and the Church has always allowed a "dispensation" for celebrating this feast. What's unusual about this year is that Easter is about as early in the year as it can possibly be, putting March 17 at the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent, which is sort-of "Super Lent," a much more serious concern than the previous five weeks.

While the Feast of St. Patrick is off the liturgical calendar this year, with the church advising all the parishes named for St. Pat to hold their name-day celebrations a couple of days early and for other churches to just skip it, secular observation of the day is going ahead as usual just about everywhere. (I'm still sober at 2:30 pm CDT, but I can't afford to take the day off work. Just wait another few hours, though...)

Peace, about those long-distance calls in 2160: Jesus is on the mainline, tell him what you want!