Ash Wednesday 2021

February 17, 2021 at 11:00 pm (Geopolitics and International Relations, International Intrigue, News, Religion, The Supernatural, Vampire novel) (, )

Samhain Cardinal Salaman was walking the streets of Rome.

Away from the Vatican.

He could not stand the hypocrisy of the place.

He himself was an atheist with some leanings towards Jewish kabbalistic mysticism.

Thus he was surprised when he was invited a few years ago by Francis to become a Cardinal and ended up being baptised, confirmed, ordained a deacon then a priest and then consecrated a bishop and then elevated to the Cardinalate all on the same day.

Still he found today’s display of a whole bunch of priests, bishops and cardinals pouring ashes over one another’s heads (instead of using the ash to mark the Sign of the Cross on one another’s forehead) a bit much.

It seemed that the Vatican was more concerned with the worship of the One, Holy, Blessed and Eternal Virus than it was with the worship of Jesus Christ True God and True Man.

He found it strange that those who professed to believe the Catholic Faith did not do so.

Maybe he should leave the Cardinalate.

The smell of mendacity was too much for him to stomach.

As he walked along the street, he came in sight of an elderly priest with a silvery white beard.

The man stood holding a small bowl.

“Good evening, Father,” the Cardinal greeted him.

“Good evening, your Eminence,” said the priest, “Do you know what day it is?”.

The Cardinal was about to say “It’s Wednesday” and then he thought carefully about it and instead answered, “It’s Ash Wednesday.”

“It is,” the priest nodded and then taking ashes from the small bowl marked the Cardinal’s forehead with the Sign of the Cross using the ashes saying, “Dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.”

And with that the priest vanished.

Quite literally vanished.

Just disappeared.

Into thin air.

Not knowing what to make of it, Cardinal Salaman continued walking.

It must have been a figment of my imagination, the Cardinal thought to himself.

He happened to pass a fountain.

He looked down and noticed his reflection.

The Sign of the Cross in dark black ashes was there on his forehead.

Looking very very real.

And not illusory.

A church bell rang in the distance.

Only once.

Seemingly the only sound on these desolate Roman streets in this the 2nd year of the One Holy, Blessed and Eternal Virus.

On this Ash Wednesday 2021.

-A vampire novel chapter
written by Christopher
Ash Wednesday
Wednesday February 17th
2021.

8 Comments

  1. Kritika said,

    Dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.
    Rightly said.

  2. David Redpath said,

    Ashes to ashes . . .
    Is Pope Francis just a flunky?
    Something in that Vatican
    is smelling kinda funky πŸ‘ƒπŸ˜±

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      The foulest stench is in the air
      The funk of 40,000 years
      And grisly ghouls from every tomb
      Are closing in to seal your doom…
      πŸ§Ÿβ€β™‚πŸ§Ÿβ€β™€πŸ˜ˆπŸ‘ΏπŸ‘ΉπŸ‘ΊπŸ˜±

  3. David Redpath said,

    It’s close to midnight πŸŒƒ
    Something evil’s lurkin’
    in the dark 🌚
    under Saint Peter’s Basilica
    You see a sight that almost
    stops your heart πŸ–€
    It’s the papal apostate thriller πŸ‘»

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