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Thursday, December 13, 2007


On December 8 the weatherman said that we had surpassed the average snowfall for the month of December. Currently, there is a lull and the sidewalks are clear at home and church.

Still not sure if this is a geographical phenomena or if this is nation-wide - Advent midweek services are not well-attended. Maybe it is that the themes of Advent stand in such stark contrast to what our eyes and ears are accustomed to, not only at Christmas, but throughout the year. Yes, it is a busy time of year. However, entertainment rules and governs much of our free time. Put this in contrast with what the Lord says in discussing being prepared for His second coming, "Pray always." It is not a matter of exchanging prayer for entertainment as some might have it (and maybe even with some temporary external success). Rather, last night at church Vespers was held entirely in Spanish. And the young violinists, who do not know Spanish, patiently sat through the service!

The latest issue of First Things has an instructive article on Nietzche (for those of us who do not quite know him) and a review of a translation of the final volume of Dante's Divine Comedy, among other things.

Currently reading: The Feast of Faith by Joseph Ratzinger


Rev. Alex Klages said...

For what it's worth, we don't currently have Advent mid-week services and our Lenten services are sparsely attended, despite my best efforts. I think it's a cultural thing rather than a geographical thing.

Fr. Timothy D. May, S.S.P. said...

Our Lenten services are sparsely attended also, although Ash Wednesday is well-attended. Advent mid-week services are sparsely attended. We did not have them for many years. Sometimes naivete is a good thing. Not knowing when or why the congregation stopped mid-week Advent services (we are in the city and have gone through many changes over the years) we started them up a few years back. Although they may or may not be well- attended in the future either there are a few who take advantage of them. As you say, it is a cultural thing. Society and commercialism certainly get adrenaline rushes before both Christmas and Easter, thus taking attention away from the more solemn and disciplined seasons of Advent and Lent. At least these seasons offer the opportunity for the Church to gather on weekdays outside of meetings and other activities. They also remind us of the value of slowing down and being prepared rightly to appreciate the more joyous celebrations of the Incarnation and the Resurrection.