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Thursday, April 13, 2006

More Media coverage and birthday celebrations

I know I know no blogs for 10 days then I do 2 in the space of 3 hours !!!

The BBC have picked up on the story...we are now on the BBC News Website


Scan of Story in Weston and Worle News Above (Click to Enlarge)

Although theyhave missed out a couple of salient points such as the Approved Code of Practice the Council claims to be following was recinded over a year ago because it was discriminatory to larege and Single Parent Families, and could restrict the chances of children in those circumstances from learning to swim at as early an age as possible.

Anyway...as I'm here, we're still Dress Making...nearly done now 1 shirt, 2 underdresses, 1 pair of Hose Completed. 1 Kirtle (Sleeved Dress in Wool) Cut and ready to sew. in process of cutting a Wollen Tunic and a Kirtle for LMD. Then just 2 Cyclas to go (Wollen Sleeveless Overdress)

That's the morning taken Care of

We're off out celebrating Cyberkitten's mumbly mumble Birthday this afternoon, going out for Pasta blowout, Bowling and then off to see Ice Age 2: The Meltdown....

What do you mean why am I not at work? It's Maunday Thursday today and all UK Civil Servants get the Afternoon off today as an extra public holiday (taken Annual Leave this morning)...

So what's special about Maunday Thursday that warrants Civil Servants getting a Half day you may well ask....History Lessons are us...So in addition to being a day when all teh Civil Servants in the UK head out to get bladdered down the pub. Follow the link below about Maundy money That's why we Civil Servants have today off.

Courtesy of Wikipedia....

In the
Christian calendar, Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, is the Thursday before Easter, the day on which the Last Supper is said to have occurred.

The Middle English word Maundy, used only in this context, derives from Old French mandé from Latin mandatum novum do vobis, "a new commandment I give unto you, love one another as I have loved you" (John xiii:34), words spoken by Jesus to the Apostles after washing their feet in preparation for The Last Supper. Foot washing is increasingly popular as a part of Maundy Thursday liturgies in many churches. Washing of the Feet has been a traditional component of the Armenian Orthodox Church.

The day has also been known as Sheer Thursday, due to the idea that it is the day of cleaning (schere) and because the churches themselves would switch liturgical colors from the dark tones of Lent. This name is a cognate to the word still used throughout Scandinavia, such as Swedish "Skärtorsdag", Danish "Skærtorsdag" and Norwegian "Skjærtorsdag".

In the Roman Catholic Church, it is generally referred to as Holy Thursday.

In the United Kingdom, the monarch traditionally distributes Maundy money.

In Germany, the day is referred to as "Gründonnerstag," a word built of two roots, "grün" ("green") and "Donnerstag" ("Thursday"). However, the word "grün" probably does not mean "green" in this case. While its etymology is somewhat unclear, many trace it back to "grinan" ("to wail") in Old High German, a word connected with the English "groan".

In the Philippines, a popular Maundy Thursday tradition is the Visita Iglesia (Church Visit), which involves visiting several Churches at which the faithful commemorate the vigil that the Apostles kept while Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. The last Mass before Easter is also celebrated on Maundy Thursday, usually including a reenactment of the Washing of the Feet of the Apostles; this Mass is followed by the procession of the Blessed Sacrament before it is taken to the Altar of Repose.


Blogger ribbiticus said...

hi aggie! am honored my country's maundy thursday tradition merited a mention in your blog. :)

Friday, April 14, 2006 11:23:00 am  

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