Sweetie was raised by a Southern Baptist preacher, and trained to have a holy horror of Roman Catholics. It scared him to death when we once went to a Lutheran church and they made the Sign of the Cross. While he has mellowed on the Catholic issue somewhat, he is still a big bit suspicious of "holy rollers" of any stripe or type.
As for me, i grew up Catholic, in the midst of the Catholic Charismatic movement. It doesn't bother me a bit to attend a great many eclectic types of services. Traditional hymns and pipe organ, modern praise and worship music, people praying in tongues, people sitting quietly and praying aloud as the Spirit moves them, i have no trouble attending any of that.
While my beliefs align most closely with those of the conservative Quakers, at this time we attend a Presbyterian church. This particular church likes modern worship, and also has a pastor and older members of the congregation who love the traditional times and seasons and accompanying rites and ceremonies.
In the past several years, i have always had someplace to take at least one child during the middle of each weekday, so i haven't been able to go to our church's traditional Ash Wednesday service. Until yesterday, that is.
It was a beautiful, and short, service that was as well attended as any Sunday early morning service in the small chapel, and followed by a nice luncheon in the parlor. There will also be a service every Wednesday of Lent, and i hope to be able to go each week.
When Sweetie came home and saw the ashes on my forehead yesterday, he said, "You were playing Catholic today!" with a big grin.
No, i played Presbyterian, i grinned back. Reverend G. put these on me.
"I guess the Catholics lent him their ashes!"
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Celebrate Your Name Week -- Thursday: Name Tag Day, celebrating those silly tags that say, "Hello, My Name is Illegible"!
Crufts Dog Show -- Birmingham, England (the World's Greatest Dog Show; Best in Show here is the most prestigious award in the world of dogs; through Sunday)
Feast of Excited Insects -- China; Korea (sometimes called Chinese Groundhog Day, the day insects are supposed to awaken for spring; date approximate)
Foundation Day -- Norfolk Island, Commonwealth of Australia
Headache Relief Day -- aspirin was patented today in 1899
Independence Day -- Ghana(1957)
Kirishima Jingu Otaue-sai -- Kirishima Jingu Shrine, Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan (rice planting festival)
March Goblins' Galumphing Gala and Display -- Fairy Calendar
National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day
National Frozen Food Day
Oreo Cookie Day -- no history found on why this day, but if you like Oreos, do you need a reason?
Rockhound Round Up Gem and Mineral Show -- Deming, NM, US (through Sunday)
Stoneware Pottery Appreciation Day -- internet generated by those who love stoneware
St. Colette's Day (Patron of Corbie, France; against the death of parents)
St. Rose of Viterbo's Day (Patron of exiles, people rejected by religious orders, tertiaries; Viterbo, Italy)
World Book Day -- UK and Ireland (most other countries celebrate this on April 23, check here for more information)
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Shaquille O'Neal, 1972
Amy Pietz, 1969
Connie Britton, 1968
D.L. Hughley, 1963
Tom Arnold, 1959
David Gilmour, 1946
Rob Reiner, 1945
Kiri Te Kanawa, 1944
Dave Gilmour, 1944
Ben Murphy, 1942
Willie Stargell, 1941
Valentina Tereshkova-Nikolaeva, 1937
Lorin Maazel, 1930
Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, 1928
Alan Greenspan, 1926
Ed McMahon, 1923
Will Eisner, 1917
Lou Costello, 1906
Bob Wills, 1905
Ring Lardner, 1885
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1806
Anna Claypoole Peale, 1791
Cyrano de Bergerac, 1619
Michelangelo Bounarroti, 1475
"Lend me a Tenor"(Play), 1986
"Deep Blue Sea"(Play), 1952
"Both Your Houses"(Play; Pulitzer Prize for Drama), 1933
"La Traviata"(Opera), 1853
"La Sonnambula"(Opera), 1831
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Ferdinand Magellan arrives at Guam, 1521
The First Fleet arrives at Norfolk Island (an external territory of Australia) in order to found a convict settlement, 1788
York, Upper Canada is incorporated as Toronto, 1834
After a thirteen day siege by an army of 3,000 Mexican troops, the 187 Texas volunteers defending the Alamo are defeated and the fort is captured, 1836
Giuseppe Verdi's opera La Traviata receives its premiere performance in Venice, 1853
Dmitri Mendeleev presents the first periodic table to the Russian Chemical Society, 1869
Bayer registers "aspirin" as a trademark, 1899
The trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg begins, 1951
United Kingdom colonies Gold Coast and British Togoland become the independent Republic of Ghana, 1957
After 19 years of presenting the CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite signs off for the last time, 1981
Michelangelo computer virus begins to affect computers, 1992
A referendum in Moldova results in the electorate voting against possible reunification with Romania, 1994
Picasso's painting Tête de Femme is stolen from a London gallery, and is recovered a week later, 1997
Microsoft is fined €561 million for not providing E.U. residents with an alternative web browser to Internet Explorer, 2013
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