Monday, March 17, 2008

It May Not Officially Have Been St. Paddy's Day ...

... but that didn't stop me from flying this flag:

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Happy Feast Day of St. Patrick - 17 March

What I'm Listening to in Honor of St. Patrick's Day

Don't Drink Green Beer!

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At 3/17/2008 11:00 PM, Blogger Civis said...

It wasn't?

At 3/17/2008 11:07 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

St. Patrick's Day is a feast day of the Catholic Church. Since this is Holy Week, St. Patrick's Day was not liturgically celebrated.

Therefore, March 17, 2008 was not officially St. Patrick's Day, at least according to the only authority that really matters on the subject.

At 3/18/2008 7:06 AM, Blogger Donald R. McClarey said...

"On the eighth day of March it was, some people say,
That Saint Patrick at midnight he first saw the day;
While others declare 'twas the ninth he was born,
And 'twas all a mistake between midnight and morn;
For mistakes will occur in a hurry and shock,
And some blamed the baby - and some blamed the clock -
'Till with all their cross questions sure no one could know,
If the child was too fast - or the clock was too slow.

Now the first faction fight in old Ireland, they say,
Was all on account of Saint Patrick's birthday,
Some fought for the eighth - for the ninth more would die,
And who wouldn't see right, sure they blacken'd his eye!
At last, both the factions so positive grew,
That each kept a birthday, so Pat then had two,
'Till Father Mulcahy, who show'd them their sins,
Said "No one could have two birthdays, but a twins."

Says he, "Boys, don't be fightin' for eight or for nine,
don't be always dividin' - but sometimes combine;
Combine eight with nine, and seventeen is the mark,
So let that be his birthday." - "Amen," says the clerk.
"If he wasn't a twins, sure our hist'ry will show
That, at least, he's worth any two saints that we know!"
Then they all got blind drunk - which completed their bliss,
And we keep up the practice from that day to this."

by Samuel Lover 1797-1868

At 3/21/2008 10:26 AM, Blogger Civis said...

Well, part of my penance for lent was one beer a day. I played it safe and stuck to one.


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