SHROVE TUESDAY

SHROVE TUESDAY

Shrove Tuesday means Confession Tuesday; there being an old rule that “immediately before Lent everyone shall go to his confessor and confess his sins; and the confessor shall so shrive him as he then may hear by his deeds what he is to do” (during the time of penance). This day is usually associated with another custom— namely, the eating of pancakes, the origin of which thus is explained. Eggs and lard were formerly forbidden during the time of Lent. But these are highly useful in making pancakes; hence in order to get rid of the surplus eggs and lard, on the last night before the Lenten season, it was only natural to use them in making pancakes for the family, until it finally grew to be a feature of the occasion. (“Heortology,” p. 100.)

St. Eulalia

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St. Eulalia, Virgin, of Barcelona, Martyr

THIS holy virgin was brought up in the faith, and in the practice of piety, at Barcelona in Spain. In the persecution of Dioclesian under the cruel governor Dacian, she suffered the rack, and being at last crucified on it, joined the crown of martyrdom with that of virginity. Her relics are preserved at Barcelona, by which city she is honoured as its special patroness. She is titular saint of many churches, and her name is given to several villages of Guienne and Languedoc, and other neighbouring provinces, where, in some places, she is called St. Eulalie, in others St. Olaire, St. Olacie, St. Occille, St. Olaille, and St. Aulazie. Sainte-Aulaire and Sainte-Aulaye are names of two ancient French families taken from this saint. Her acts deserve no notice. See Tillemont, t. 5, in his account from Prudentius, of St. Eulalia of Merida, with whom Vincent of Beauvais confounds her; but she is distinguished by the tradition of the Spanish churches, by the Mozarabic Missal, and by all the Martyrologies which bear the name of St. Jerom, Ado, Usuard, &c.

Rev. Alban Butler (1711–73). Volume II: February.
The Lives of the Saints. 1866.

DEVOTION TO THE HOLY FACE OF JESUS 

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DEVOTION TO THE HOLY FACE OF JESUS

This ancient and venerable Catholic practice is rooted in the representation of the face of Christ said to have been left on the towel or veil used by a holy woman thought to be named, Veronica. An Archconfraternity of the Holy Face was established in Tours, France, 1884; its members make reparation for the blasphemies hurled at Christ. Since St. Therese’s devotion to the Holy Face has become known, this devotion has spread worldwide.

In addition, a devout and pious nun, Sr. Pierina, who died in 1945, was given many visions through Our Blessed Lady who appeared to her, as did Our Lord Jesus. They urged her to make reparation for the many insults Jesus suffered in His Passion, such as to be slapped, spit upon and kissed by Judas, as well as now being dishonored in many ways in the Blessed Sacrament by neglect, sacrileges, and profanations. Continue reading