Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
Feast of Asses
This was a festival in the Romish church, and was celebrated at Beauvais. They chose a young woman, the handsomest in the town; made her ride on an ass richly harnessed, and placed in her arms a pretty infant. In this state, followed by the bishop and clergy, she marched in procession from the cathedral to the church of St. Stephen; entered into the sanctuary, placed herself near the altar, and then celebrated mass; not forgetting to explain the fine qualities of the animal, and exhorting him to make a devout genuflection, with a variety of other fooleries.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Feast of Asses'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/f/feast-of-asses.html. 1802.