Monday, March 17, 2008

Possibly St Patrick's Day

But probably not. Somewhere on earth this might be St Patrick's Day but I can't imagine where. This year because of the very early Easter, we have liturgical difficulties in celebrating the good saint. In Ireland, the Isle of Man, Nigeria, and a few other places where he is the principal patron, his feast day was transfered to last Saturday, the 15th. Except in those places that observe the traditional calendar, in which case the rubrics prescribe that it will be transfered ahead to some point after Easter Week, along with St Joseph's day and the feast of the Annunciation. See your local ordo for details. Here in the Archdiocese of Hollywood, before renewal hit and registered a solid 8 on the richter scale, Cardinal McIntyre of happy memory presided over the local church and St Patrick was the co-patron of the Archdiocese along with St Vibiana. But he's never mentioned as such any more and I don't know what became of his patronal status. In this Archdiocese, his feast seems to have vanished this year.

Because it's Monday in Holy Week, you know, and the feriæ Hebdomadæ Sanctæ are at the very top of the Tabula Dierum Liturgicorum, in the second category, inferior in importance only to the Triduum paschale Passionis et Resurrectionis Domini itself. In the old days, it appears that a commemoration was allowed. But no more. It seems to be transferral or nothing.

Just so you won't leave The Inn empty-handed, you can improve your appreciation of Irish Whiskey here.

And have a listen to the St Lawrence O'Toole Pipe Band playing their medley at the 2005 All Ireland Pipe Band Championship here: