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Un curé surprend une famille attablée devant un repas de viande lors du carême. Le chef de famille ne semble pas s'en faire outre mesure. / During Lent, a parish priest surprises a family about to eat meat. The head of the family does not seem to be much bothered by it.

Le Carême brisé, 1848

Cornélius Krieghoff
Private Collection

Observing Lent in Île d'Orléans

"In the beginning of the French Colony in Canada, observance of Lent was very strict.

During Lent in 1670, Louis Gaboury, a farm worker of the Lirec fief, on île d'Orléans, had eaten meat without asking permission from the Church. He was denounced to the provost judge of Lirec by Étienne Beaufils, one of his neighbours.

Gaboury was tried and found guilty. On October 26, 1670, the provost judge sentenced him to be tied to the public post for three hours, then brought to the doorsteps of the île d'Orléans chapel, where, on his knees, with his hands tied and bare-headed, he had to ask forgiveness from God, the King and Justice. He also had to pay a fine of twenty pounds applicable to the charities of his parish, and then give to his denouncer one cow and a sum equal to one year's earnings."

Pierre-Georges Roy, L'Île d'Orléans. Québec, Historic Monuments Commission of the Province of Quebec, 1928.