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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Feast of the Ass, January 14 (Redux)

 I posted this a year ago, but it seems particularly relevant to me currently...

If I hadn't read it, I wouldn't have believed it....

The Feast of the Ass (Latin: Festum Asinorum or asinaria festa, French: Fête de l’âne) was a medieval, Christian feast observed on January 14, celebrating the Flight into Egypt

It was celebrated primarily in France, as a by-product of the Feast of Fools celebrating the donkey-related stories in the Bible, in particular the donkey bearing the Holy Family into Egypt after Jesus‘s birth.


A girl with child on a donkey would be led through town to the church, where the donkey would stand beside the altar during the sermon, and the congregation would “hee-haw” their responses to the priest.

Father Z gets in on the fun: