We Are Going up to Jerusalem to Suffer

Context is important. We are in “Gesima” time, Pre-Lent, a time of preparation, for the time of preparation, for Easter. Holy Church, like our mothers, remind us that we have some chores coming due; she reminds us that Lent is around the corner: after this “Fiftieth” Sunday, Quinquagesima, in three days is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of “Fortieth,” the season of Lent or Quadragesima.

A couple of weeks ago, we found that this period is also called “Shrovetide,” the time…

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