Fridays for Catholics and Anglicans are days of abstinence through the
year, for pious folk would keep in perpetual grief for the crucifixion
of Jesus on Good Friday. Arid yet in certain years one Friday becomes a
day of joy of feastingthe Friday on which Christmas falls, as this
year. The Nativity blots out the shadow of death; birth is more important
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