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Offline Dolores

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Birthday During Lent
« on: March 10, 2015, 10:29:07 AM »
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  • My sister-in-law's birthday is in mid-March, and, consequently, always during Lent.  She has struggled with how to observe her birthday (if at all) so as not to disrupt the Lenten observance.  She's not a child anymore, so she's not worried about having a party or anything like that, but, like most people I think, she would like to have a nice dinner and perhaps a cake on her birthday.  In the past, some years she's totally ignored her birthday, other times she waiting until after Easter to acknowledge it, sometimes she celebrated it on a Sunday in Lent.

    It's a milestone birthday for her this year, and my husband wants to throw her a party, if not on her birthday than on the Sunday following it.  What do you think is appropriate?  Is gift-giving, a family get-together, a fancy dinner, and cake compatible with Lent, even if its for a birthday?

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    « Reply #1 on: March 10, 2015, 02:03:54 PM »
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  • We always celebrate on the Sunday after - or before, depending on which day of the week the birthday actually falls on.
    The Highest Principle in the Church: "We are first of all under obedience to God, and only then under obedience to man." - Fr. Hesse


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    « Reply #2 on: March 10, 2015, 02:44:55 PM »
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  • Quote from: Stubborn
    We always celebrate on the Sunday after - or before, depending on which day of the week the birthday actually falls on.


    Essentially, this. This is how we do things in my family in general - not only because my own mother's birthday can fall during Lent, but because it's easier overall.
    Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary...

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    « Reply #3 on: March 10, 2015, 10:17:56 PM »
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  • Sundays of Lent are no fast days.  


     

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