Friday 13 April 2012

Happy Quasimodo

File:Victor Hugo-Hunchback.jpg
This Sunday is Quasimodo Sunday, so called because the first words of the introit for the antiphon decreed for this day by the Roman Church are from 1 Peter 2v2:

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

Which in Latin is:

Quasimodo geniti infantes rationale sine dolo lac concupiscite ut in eo crescatis in salutem

In Victor Hugo's novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame a horribly deformed child is discovered abandoned at the cathedral on the first Sunday after Easter, and is thus named after the day. So happy Quasimodo.


  1. I always thought quasimodo meant 'half formed', huh...


  2. Huh, indeed. Had always thought quasimodo was closely tied to "hunchback", and it certainly is today... even if we can look backwards and see the separation.

  3. As fascinating as usual. I think 'Happy Quasimodo Day' has yet to catch on as a friendly greeting, however.

  4. Just wait until the greetings card industry gets hold of this.


  5. I have made some recipe postcards for Quasimodo Sunday.