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My roommate found this video produced by BBC. Apparently they have a whole series of Horrible Histories – I thought this one was particularly funny!
Two items of note: 1) Film above is the story of Dick Turpin which is romanticized by William Harrison Ainsworth in his novel Black Bess, of The Knight of the Road. 2) In case you were wondering, from what I can tell the poem The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes is based in Scotland, not England, on a generic highwayman character, not Dick Turpin, but I could be wrong.
P.S. Did you know that Alfred Noyes converted to Catholicism?
Easter Friday! One of the few Fridays of the year that is completely free from any penitential acts, and, in fact, should be treated like a Sunday! Feast! Eat meat! Have dessert after every meal! The Lord has truly risen!
(And your probably wondering, “great, what is with the half-eaten croissant?” Well, I forgot to take a picture before I ate it, and the crumbs look so flaky, you get a better idea of how wonderful it was.)
Today’s meatless meal is also vegan! It is a carrot soup with tahini and chick peas via Smitten Kitchen. I haven’t made this one yet myself, but I have been wanting to for a while. Enjoy! (And tell me how you liked it if you make it! Smitten Kitchen always has the most amazing recipes.)
Dear readers, do you remember how last year I tried to give you a meatless meal every week for Fridays? Do you remember how I only did it, like, three times? Well, here’s to hoping because I am going to try it again! The only change being, this year they are just going to be meatless, they will include dairy and fish. Last year I was on a little bit of a vegan kick for Lent. Now I have a high respect for vegans, but I have learned I could never be one. I love butter too much.
First up, Brocoli Cream Soup from Pioneer Woman:
Someone found my blog today by using the search terms vatican ash wednesday leave ashes on? Here in America a little ashen cross is traced on the forehead on Ash Wednesday. In Europe they sprinkle the ash on your head (like the picture above). Ashen-forehead-crosses are messy and the recipient starts to look like chimney sweep, esp. if they were distributed in the morning. I usually end up somehow getting mine all over the place: in my eyes, on papers, on my shirt, fingers – I am so messy.
In the end, I couldn’t find anything that said it’s wrong with washing the ash off. I usually wait until it no longer resembles a cross – which isn’t long.
Friends, I am not trying to overload you with novenas, or go all churchy on you, but it is that time of year! Happy feast of St. Andrew! Today is the day to start your Christmas Novena (which really isn’t a novena because it lasts longer than nine days, but who’s counting?). So inaddition to your Immaculate Conception Novena . . .
Repeat 15 times a day until Christmas:
HAIL, and blessed be the hour and moment
At which the Son of God was born
Of a most pure Virgin
At a stable at midnight in Bethlehem
In the piercing cold
At that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee,
To hear my prayers and grant my desires
(mention request[s] here).
Through Jesus Christ and His most Blessed Mother. Amen.
And one more post before the weekend!
A few interesting facts about St. John Lateran:
1) There is no St. John Lateran – in Italian the basilica is Basilica San Giovanni in Laterano, or the Basilica of St. John in the Lateran. Lateran refers to the name of the family that owned the palace and grounds before they were seized. I forget who seized them, but I am pretty sure it was an emperor and I think it might have been Nero. Later the Lateran Palace was given to the Pope by Emperor Constantine.
2) The Basilica is the official seat of the Pope as Bishop of Rome, not St. Peter’s Basilica. Although the Pope resides at the Vatican he reigns from St. John Lateran.
3) Oooh, sources, yay! I was right, the palace was seized during the reign of Nero. . .