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Thursday is Sunday’s Cousin

October 27, 2011

For those who find these kind of things interesting…

I have maintained Thursday as a regular Sabbath Day since February, when I arrive in White Plains, and I have made a near-perfect practice of posting my plans for each day on this blog – plans for physical rest, spiritual retreat, family recreation, and work on my dissertation (still way too slow).

Here is something from our tradition about Thursday. In the early church, Thursday was set aside as a solemn holy day as a way of honoring the ascension of Christ, and thus the assumption of our human flesh into heaven. According to The Golden Legend of Jacobus de Voragine, Thursday was celebrated equally with Sunday, with processions representing disciples and angels, and fasting was prohibited.  There was even a popular proverb to the effect that “Thursday is Sunday’s cousin.” This feast fell into disuse only with the emergence of a crowded liturgical calendar full of Saint’s Days.

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