15 March 2008

The Ides of St. Patrick

I feel like my calendar has been pillaged. Were you aware that the Catholic Church moved St. Patty's Day festivities this year to today? I must have been removed from The Holy See's distribution list. They don't want all that revelry mucking up the last week of a perfectly good Lenten observance.

Google has saved my 21st century arse hundreds and hundreds of times - most recently, in figuring out the meaning of The Ides of March. Apparently before Caesar's assassination on the Senate steps, the term ides was used in the Roman calendar for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July, and October, and the 13th day of the other 8 months. Julius and Brutus brought to it the definition of impending doom.

A contemplative Holy Week to all. Knit somberly.

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