Ash Wednesday Eve


Ecclesiastes 2:24 there is nothing better for mortals than to eat and drink and find enjoyment, for these are from the hand of God.

Robert Farrar Capon writes:  O Lord, refresh our sensibilities.  Give us this day our daily taste.  Restore to us soups in which spoons will not sink…Raise up among us stews with more gravy than we have blotting bread, and casseroles that put starch in our limp modernity.  Take away our fear of fat and make us glad of the oil which ran upon Aaron’s beard.  Give us pasta with a hundred fillings and rice in a thousand variations.  Above all give us grace to live as true folk-to fast till we come to a refreshed sense of what we have and then to dine gratefully on all that comes to hand.  Drive far from us, O Most Bountiful, all creatures of air and darkness; cast out the demons that possess us, deliver us from our fear of calories and the bondage of nutrition; and set us free once more in our own land, where we shall serve you as you have blessed us-with the dew of heaven, the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine.

Phyllis McGinley adds at the end of a poem:

Tonight-tomorrow-the leaf will fade,

The waters tarnish, the dark begin.

But this is the day the Lord has made:

Let us be glad and rejoice therein.

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