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[Apr. 10th, 2009|12:16 am]
Listen in, listen Ian!
Is Saturday the last day of lent, or today? Either way, given that it's supposed to represent J's fast in the wilderness, shouldn't it end earlier in the week? Is it Palm Sunday to represent Jesus riding back into town on a donkey or something? Where's offensive_mango when you need her, apart from in Dubai where Easter's probably illegal, even if you can read livejournal there.

Also, thinking about this made me realise it's Maundy Thursday, so I went to watch Newsnight on iPlayer to see what this year's Maundy Thursday gimmick is, as they usually mention it. It's not available yet, almost an hour after it finished. Come on, the BBC!
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[User Picture]From: jimyojimbo
2009-04-10 01:30 am (UTC)
Maunday Thursday Gimmick?

Is that like a really rubbish April Fool?
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[User Picture]From: the_alchemist
2009-04-10 08:17 am (UTC)
Is Saturday the last day of lent, or today? Either way, given that it's supposed to represent J's fast in the wilderness, shouldn't it end earlier in the week? Is it Palm Sunday to represent Jesus riding back into town on a donkey or something?

- The wilderness thing happened years before the crucifixion thing, before any of J's ministry, in fact.
- Palm Sunday is about riding into town on a donkey, but not from the wilderness.
- Lent as a whole lasts 40 days but doesn't include Sundays, when you don't have to fast.
(- You also don't have to fast on the feast of the Annunciation, which is when we celebrate Mary getting pregnant, and which *is* precisely nine months before Christmas - so your literal-mindedness does work on that one)
- These 40 days do represent the wilderness thing, but only the first four weeks of Lent are spent thinking about that. The other two are called Passiontide and are spent thinking about the crucifixion and events leading thereto.
- Lent finishes at the first mass of Easter, which takes place on Saturday night in most places.
- Easter isn't illegal in Dubai according to my Fundamentalist Cousin who lives round there, but you have to have it in a special compound and aren't allowed to lure Muslims in.
- I don't know where offensive_mango is, however.
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[User Picture]From: ozgirlabroad
2009-04-10 12:26 pm (UTC)
I'm off to see a giant crucifix being dragged around my village, I'm sure someone there will know!
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[User Picture]From: miss_newham
2009-04-10 10:53 pm (UTC)
DUDE I know everything about Easter, next time ask me anything. x
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