Thursday, April 13, 2006

Important Information For JB Doubtless

Some people seem to be under the mistaken impression that lent runs through Easter. In fact, lent ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. So, those of you who have nobly given up something, for example, alcohol, no need to wait until Easter for that martini.

CLARIFICATION: I am not suggesting that JB should step out of the Mass of the Lord's Supper tonight and into a Holy Week bender. I am merely pointing out that he could have a nice martini tonight without breaking his Lenten abstinence pledge.

8 Comments:

Blogger Margaret said...

Yes, in fact, you've got Tenabrae, between Good Friday and Easter which is supposed to be chaos, the rending of the temple curtain, earthquakes etc. In some churches, they have a mass on Saturday when you are supposed to slam hymnbooks around or otherwise make noise. I think you could easily simulate that with alcohol.

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not so fast there Billy Graham. According to the last sentence of the source you link to:

Holy Week climaxes with Holy Thursday, on which Christ celebrated the first Mass; Good Friday, on which he was crucified; and Holy Saturday-the last day of Lent-during which our Lord lay in the tomb before his Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

According to that, Lent only "climaxes" on Thursday, but continues until Easter.

So which is it? Please answer correctly, JB Doubtless's soul hangs in the balance.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Sisyphus said...

Here is the definitive quote from the source I linked to:

"According to the General Norms, "Lent runs from Ash Wednesday until the Mass of the Lord's Supper, exclusive" (General Norms 28). This means Lent ends at the beginning of the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday."

And Margaret agrees. I don't know what more you would need.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Fuzzy Nietzsche said...

That linked source says both things. It ends Thursday and it ends Saturday. Don't you people have any editors on this site!

11:08 AM  
Blogger Sisyphus said...

I think we have a good candidate for "This Week in Gatekeeping".

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Stiv Bators said...

I think we have a good candidate for "This Week in Gatekeeping".

Yeah. The Catholic Church and the NYTimes seem to share the same fact-checkers.

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Jordan Blotnik said...

Tenabrae...is supposed to be chaos...I think you could easily simulate that with alcohol.

After forty days without booze, there will be Tenebrae in JB's stomach, colon and esophagus.

11:44 AM  
Blogger pinkmonkeybird said...

Damn!
You mean I ate a Micky D's #1 "without meat" on Good Friday morning for nothing? O cruel God, why have you forsaken me?

4:11 PM  

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