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CHRISTMAS

THE REASON WHY CHRISTMAS IS CELEBRATED ON DECEMBER 25TH IS... BECAUSE
THE ROMANS HAD THE FEAST OF THE LIGHT THAT THEY CELEBRATED ON
DECEMBER 25TH. THE CHRISTIANS TRYING TO FIND SOMETHING TO TAKE PLACE
ON DECEMBER 25TH THEY DECIDED IT WOULD BE A GREAT TIME TO CELEBRATE
THE LORD'S BIRTHDAY.

Where learned: DETROIT ; SAINT AMBROSE RECTORY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.

Date learned: 02-27-1979

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MARDI GRAS

MARDI GRAS IS FRENCH FOR FAT TUESDAY. IT WAS SET UP TO EAT DRINK AND
BE MARRY BEFORE THE LENTEN SEASON, BECAUSE IN THE EARLY CHURCH MOST
CHRISTIANS FASTED ALL DAY ON ASH WEDNESDAY.

Where learned: DETROIT ; SAINT AMBROSE RECTORY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: 02-27-1979

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LEGEND OF THE FLOWER

THE MEXICAN CALL THE POINSETTIA THE FLOWER OF THE HOLY NIGHT.
BECAUSE ON CHRISTMAS EVE LONG AGO, A POOR LITTLE BOY WENT TO CHURCH NN IN GREAT SADNESS BECAUSE HE HAD NO GIFT TO BRING THE HOLY CHILD.
HE DARED NOT ENTER THE CHURCH. SO HE KNELT OUTSIDE THE CHURCH
AND PRAYED TO GOD WITH TEARS, HE TOLD GOD HOW HE WANTED TO OFFER HIM
SOME TYPE OF GIFT. BUT BEING SO POOR HE COULDN'T AND HE DARED NOT
ENTER THE CHURCH WITH EMPTY ARMS. WHEN HE FINALLY ROSE FROM HIS
KNEES, HE NOTICED A FLOWER OF DAZZLING RED SPRINGING UP AT HIS FEET.

Where learned: DETROIT ; SAINT AMBROSE RECTORY

Subject headings: Custom / Festival
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant

Date learned: 02-27-1979

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LENT

LENT IS A CUSTOM OF THE CHURCH TO TAKE A BREAK. 40 DAYS WAS CHOSEN
BECAUSE IT WAS A GREAT NUMBER IN THE BIBLE.

Submitter comment: EXAMPLE OF THE NUMBER IS WHEN JESUS WENT INTO THE DESERT FOR 40 DAYS.
ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS WHEN THE VIRGIN HAD TO WAIT 40 DAYS AFTER
JESUS BIRTH TO BE PURIFIED IN THE CHURCH.

Where learned: DETROIT ; SAINT AMBROSE RECTORY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number P686.1.40

Date learned: 02-27-1979

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THE REASON WHY THE SHAMROCK BECAME A SYMBOL ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY IS.
ST. PATRICK WAS ASKED ABOUT THE TRINITY AND IN ORDER TO EXPLAIN IT HE
BENT DOWN AND PICKED UP A THREE LEAF CLOVER AND STARTED TO EXPLAIN
HOW THE TRINITY AND A THREE LEAF CLOVER WERE SOMEWHAT THE SAME. WE
BELIEVED IN ONE GOD WITH THREE BEINGS. WHERE THE CLOVER LEAF HAD ONE
STEM WITH THREE BRANCHES.

Where learned: DETROIT ; SAINT AMBROSE RECTORY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick

Date learned: 02-27-1979

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BLESSING OF THE THROAT

A YOUNG CHILD CAME UP TO ST. BLAZE WITH A FISH BONE IN HIS THROAT.
SO ST. BLAZE PRAUED OVER HIM AND THE BONE WENT AWAY. HE BLESSED
THROATS ON HIS FEAST DAY. SOON IT BECAME A FEAST THROUGHOUT THE
CHURCH.

Where learned: DETROIT ; SAINT AMBROSE RECTORY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 3

Date learned: 02-27-1979

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ASH WEDNESDAY

ASH WEDNESDAY IS A REMINDER OF DEATH IN THE CHURCH.

Where learned: DETROIT ; SAINT AMBROSE RECTORY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 02-27-1979

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