The most interesting aspect of Septuagesima Sunday, even more so than pancakes, is that on this day, the church “locked away” the word Alleluia, and it was not used in the liturgy again until Easter Sunday. This idea of “locking away a word” intrigued me, so I dived deeper into the history, etymology, and usage of the word “Alleluia.”
People used to purposefully wall up cats in buildings for good luck? It’s true! Learn more about Mortimer and how he ended up in a display case at a going-out-of-business sale.
Life-sized body parts made of beeswax? What are those for? In holy places throughout Europe, such as Fatima and Montserrat, ex voto anatomico are purchased then presented to saints.
When we found this $20 vellum leaf at an estate sale, we knew nothing about St. Agatha. But after bringing it home, removing it from the frame, and rather clumsily translating the verse by channeling Fr. Kelly, my high school Latin teacher, we made the connection to St. Agatha.