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25007Re: [liturgy-l] Groundhog Day Liturgy

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  • Jerry Kliner
    Feb 1, 2006
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      You should forward this on to NPR... Maybe they'll do
      a report on it like the not-to-be-mentioned rite used
      by Scott Knitter's parish... :-)

      Pax Christi;
      Pr. Jerry Kliner, STS

      --- Bob White <rwhite84@...> wrote:
      > While I much prefer the now-not-to-be-mentioned
      > rites for Shrove
      > Tuesday, this from an ecunet meeting may be of
      > interest to those seeking
      > an alternative on Thursday to the Feast of the
      > Presentation of Our Lord--
      >
      > GROUND HOG DAY" by JAUHRICH, Jan. 27, 1986 at 21:28
      > MT about
      > A RARE OPPORTUNITY (346 characters & 33 notes)
      >
      > Like the Feast of the Epiphany, it is a rare
      > occasion when Ground Hog
      > Day falls on a Sunday! 1986 is therefore an
      > opportune time to lift up
      > the ancient traditions which have been handed down
      > to us by our four
      > bears, and which throughout the ages have given the
      > people hope.
      >
      > 1 (of 33) JAUHRICH Jan. 27, 1986 at 21:32 MT
      >
      > What you do is this, see:
      >
      > One spouse agrees to stay inside and prepare the
      > grog.
      >
      > The other spouse gathers the children and goes to
      > the back yard.
      > Together parent and eager offspring make a small
      > clearing in the snow
      > around the place where they remember the Ground Hog
      > hole to have been
      > before the snow came. (An eight foot circle will
      > accommodate the DANCE,
      > provided the participants do not number more than
      > four.)
      >
      > When the snow has been moved aside to reveal the
      > sacred spot, a small
      > Picket fence (made of old Bic pens that have been
      > saved throughout the
      > year for this purpose) is erected around it, at a
      > safe distance (about
      > 20 cm is enough).
      >
      > A charcoal fire is kindled. (Or, if you have a gas
      > barbecue, it will
      > suffice.)
      >
      > The parent and the offspring warm their hands before
      > the fire. The
      > Inside spouse then brings grog, and the spouses
      > together partake, while
      > the offspring dance gaily around going, "Me too! Me
      > too!"
      >
      > When all have communed, the dance may begin.
      >
      > Get a neighbour to provide accompaniment by revving
      > the engine of his
      > '57 chevvy. To the roar of the neighbour's motor,
      > all should move
      > slowly and deliberately with measured limps around
      > the sacred spot in a
      > counterclockwise direction, pausing every seven
      > steps to leap in the air
      > and shout, "Bunga-bunga-bunga-bunga!" then turn
      > quickly and make
      > supplicatory gestures at the hole. If this doesn't
      > raise the wee
      > beastie from its slumbers, there nothing that will!
      >
      > Everyone then makes a mad dash for the house, to
      > peer through the back
      > curtain at the scene of the ritual.
      >
      > This liturgy has been in my family for generations,
      > I swear it.
      >
      > And still, to this day, not one worship committee in
      > any Church I have
      > Served has embraced it as their own. But I have
      > hopes for this year!
      >
      > Bunga-bunga-bunga-bunga! - Jim
      >
      > Bob
      >
      > --
      > "Because of his boundless love, Jesus became
      > what we are that he might make us what he is."
      > -----Irenaeus
      >
      >
      > Bob White
      > Lordstown Lutheran Church
      > Lordstown, Ohio
      >
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