No, I am not talking about whom you think I’m talking about.
I picked this up from Southern Fried Catholicism, an amusing blog by Fr. Joe Tonos. I hope you will go spike his stats.
Today on the medieval calendar, Churches celebrated “THE FEAST OF THE ASS”.
This politically incorrect tale tells us more:
The ‘Festival of the Ass,’ and other religious burlesques of a similar description, derive their origin from Constantinople; being instituted by the Patriarch Theophylact, with the design of weaning the people’s minds from pagan ceremonies, particularly the Bacchanalian and calendary observances, by the substitution of Christian spectacles, partaking of a similar spirit of licentiousness,—a principle of accommodation to the manners and prejudices of an ignorant people, which led to a still further adoption of rites, more or less imitated from the pagans. According to the pagan mythology, an ass, by its braying, saved Vesta from brutal violence, and, in consequence, ‘ the coronation of the ass ‘ formed a part of the ceremonial feast of the chaste goddess.
The rest is over there. I will say, however, that you don’t want to miss the description of the liturgical celebration of the Feast. He also has some possible greeting cards. I include only two of them here.