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December 4th, 2006


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09:00 am - The Feast of St. Barbara
Tonight, December 4, 2006, at 8 PM, you are cordially invited to my house for a feast.

Yesterday, I went up to Toledo with tesinth, who needed someone to drive up with him but hadn't heard back from anyone who had expressed interest, so I became his last resort. :) On our way back down, we stopped at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation and raided their gift shop.

During our raid, we discovered that Catholic school girls are really just like every other kind of girl: they talk about boys and who is dating who (two of them were working the checkout line in the gift shop). Apparently, one spent time during checkout checking me out, or so tesinth says. I'm not sure how I feel about a sixteen year old girl checking me out, but hey, at least I wasn't checking her out.

Also at the shop, I picked up a few items related to St. Barbara: two more medals and a card with a devotional prayer on it. The card also had a feast date for St. Barbara on it: Dec. 4.

"Hey, her feast is tomorrow!" I said, as a bright light shone down from heaven and lit up the world around me.

Okay, so that last paragraph didn't quite happen like that.

But because she is one of my two patron saints (the other being St. Gulik), I feel it appropriate to honour her in some way today (especially since her feast day was, apparently, removed in 1969). And since I don't know what exactly goes on during a Catholic Saint's Feast Day (having never been Catholic), I'm going to make it up as I go along.

So tonight, join me for a dinner that will probably be generally Italian, Greek, or Turkish in food (she's from Asia Minor and is a Roman Catholic saint, so I'm a bit unsure what to cook), some prayers to a Catholic saint, and we might just blow something up.

RSVP (with number attending) is three methods:
  1. Reply to this journal entry.
  2. E-mail me or use the form on my website
  3. Call me and let me know you'll be there.
All RSVP's need to be received by 4 PM today so I can make sure that I have enough food on hand and enough time to mail out directions to those who need it.

If you have my cell phone number, you can call me after 4 PM to RSVP, but not too late, as I may have to regretfully decline your presence if I've already bought food for a certain number of people.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Music: "Creola", -JB

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From:tesinth
Date:December 4th, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC)
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I'm in, its been way too long since I've been to a Catholic feast (wouldn't be a problem except the fact that I'm still sorta Catholic...)

Found this: http://wesclark.com/jw/barbara.html

Could be fun, especially if we ever get field artillary. :)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 4th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)

Catholic Feast Days

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On the feast day of a particular saint (normally only the better know ones, like St. Peter or St. Francis, or perhaps a parish's name sake) Catholics will have a special mass, which consists of a regular mass with perhaps a special prayer or reading in their honor. They might even erect a temporary shrine in their honor. For the bigger, more "modern" churches, that's about all you'll get.

However, very often small towns (this is very common in Europe and hispanic-America) will a have their own patron saint. On and around said feast days, they'll have a grand festival, with lots of decorations, parades, numerous effagies of the saint, sacrifices, perhaps even fireworks. It's often just a throw-back to that culture's pre-christian traditions, now just centered around a catholic saint.

-Maggie
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 4th, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)

Re: Catholic Feast Days

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Well, I *do* have a portable Mass kit now. . . From the Vatican!

Thanks to mazisexton for that!
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From:singingwren
Date:December 4th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
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Hail Saint Barbara! She's so beautiful...

I want to go to her feast for sure, but there are two obstacles. The first is that I have no ride and the second is that I told Kat I'd go to Cazuela's around 7 because it's her birthday. Seeing as Cazuela's is literally a block away, this shouldn't really be a problem time-wise, as I can always go to that for a little bit and then maytbe get picked up by anyone going to your thing.
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 4th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
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I have been informed that both tesinth and Maggie will be attending, so you might be able to get a ride with one of them, so contact either/or and see if they can bring you.
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From:singingwren
Date:December 4th, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
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Sweet, I think that'll work. :) How long do you think this affair will last, though...? (*two finals tomorrow mornin'*)
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 4th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
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Probably about two hours, or however long it takes you gluttons to eat all the food.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 4th, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
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I'd be happy to give you a ride, not a problem. Gimme a call or whatnot and we'll work something out.

-Maggie
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From:road_trip_judi
Date:December 4th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
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Too bad her feast day isn't about six months later -- I'd let you use my property so you could include the field artillery component to the feast. :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 4th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, that would be fun. One day, I'd like to make an actual cannon. Could be fun :)
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From:road_trip_judi
Date:December 4th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
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Supposedly at the next Watermelon party we're going to have a trebuchet. Not quite a cannon, but should still be fun.
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 4th, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC)
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A treb is by far more fun than a cannon!
From:ceolnamara
Date:December 4th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
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I hope it goes swimmingly. I implore you toast St Barbara for me.
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 4th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
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Will do :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 4th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
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*grins* Yeah, actual schoolgirls just aren't my style.

Now, someone who is closer to my age and dressed as a schoolgirl? Well, I suppose something could be arranged.

Hocus Pocus = hoc est corpus. . .
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From:smithing_chick
Date:December 5th, 2006 05:39 am (UTC)
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Damn! I can't fit into that skirt anymore....
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From:romandruid
Date:December 4th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
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Dang, I didn't see this until 4:03. *!%%&!*

Next year when you celebrate, go to Mass first, THEN have the dinner. ("Feast" means something slightly different from a Catholic calendar than most of us consider it.)
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 5th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
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Oh. See, it's hard to celebrate a saint when you've never been Catholic :)

It didn't even occur to me that an actual religious ritual would be involved. . . But then, since the Catholics have Masses for everything, I should have known. I figured that they'd just want to eat.

:)

Oh, well: future reference. Next Dec. 4, I think I will work in Mass somehow.
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From:ariansdreams
Date:December 4th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
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Did I totally miss something? You have patron saints? How does this work, exactly? (I know you're a Chaote, but still)
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 5th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
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Well, St. Gulik is a roach. And a Discoridan Five Star Saint, and Apostle of Eris. [NOTE: Blessed St. Gulik the Stoned should not be confused with Sri Syadasti, who is not the same person but is the same Apostle.]

St. Barbara, on the other hand, is a perfectly acceptable, respectable Catholic saint. I decided that she was my patron saint after listening to one too many Jimmy Buffett lyrics, one of which is "Please Saint Barbara / Save our miserable skins!"

Mostly, I just kinda like her and think she's cool. Plus, I'm all about the lightening and artillery associations.

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