20265Re: [liturgy-l] The liturgical year and modern society
- Jan 2, 2005Tom,
What you speak of would help, in terms of attitude, but a
lot of that attitude can only be created by the individual
believers and worshippers, not by any organization. People
need to claim that time, and not be shy about it. I
customarily take off work for the latter part of Holy Week
(the Triduum), in part because as a church singer I'm going
flat out at that point, but also to center myself in the
events. If I don't do that, the three days are in danger
of becoming more work than joy!
As far as society's/employers' attitude goes, one can ask
for time off, and play the religious card if needed - I've
never had to, but I've not worked a job where those days
were likely to be rush times. That argument has legs, tho'
you're right that it's used more by non-Christians.
FWIW, St. Anne's is not quite as full for the vigil as it
will be the next day, but it's still pretty well populated,
and growing. Part of the issue for us may be that we are
growing fastest in the demographic with very young
children. By and large, they don't come out in the evening,
and they certainly take a lot of persuading to come out
twice in 12 hours.
A tangential comment to your reference to Yuletide - I was
going through the hymns and carols we used over the past
week and a day, and only a couple of them went beyond
literal storytelling. The Easter hymns have far more in
the way of theology and metaphor, it seems, than their
Christmas counterparts. (Before any of our resident
Lutherans jump me, let me note that our local church
unfortunately finds the German chorale tradition to be very
foreign territory - we didn't even get to sing Wachet Auf
this past year!)
St. Anne's (ECUSA)
--- Tom Poelker <TomPoelker@...> wrote and I
> Secular society does make some allowance for Jewish and__________________________________
> Islamic high holy days. I would trade all other advances
> in congregational understanding of the church year if we
> could get Americans to speak of the Triduum and treat it
> as the High Holy Days from sundown Holy Thursday to an
> Easter Eucharist actually on Sunday.
> As a RC, I would like to see these days alone be
> considered the Holy Days of Obligation.
> It is strange how many people come to "Midnight Mass"
> when so few are willing to come out after dark in better
> weather for the Easter Vigil.
> I'd also give away Yuletide to our secular society and
> keep all its trappings out of the church and celebrate
> more solemnly the mystery of the Incarnation rather than
> the birth of the "Christchild".
> Tom Poelker
> St. Louis MO
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