Good Friday

As I’ve mentioned before I was born a lapsed Catholic. My parents weren’t into the whole religious thing. They saw that I got just a taste of being Catholic. I attended CCD and received the sacraments. We weren’t a family to attend church or observe all the holidays in a religious way. I’m not sure why but I suspect it was the forced aspect of it that they rejected. My father talked about things he didn’t like about the church. One being confession. He once told a friend (back in the 70’s) who was a brother that he found confessing to the priest in an anonymous way (in a box) ridiculous. God knows your sins and he will forgive you if you repent. Doing it face to face with a priest makes more sense. Now that is how it is done. Another thing he didn’t like was how “the rules” changed. A bunch of cardinals or bishops get together and decide that women no longer have to cover their head when they enter the church or now it’s no longer a sin to hold the host in your hand. The changes seemed arbitrary. My father was a man who liked things set out, to make sense and be consistent. Otherwise he’d call bullshit. It may have been an old way of thinking but we are all better off when the rules are laid out and applied evenly and when there is reason to change the reasons are spelled out.

Anyway when I was a kid we always followed the no meat on Friday during Lent rule. I can remember my grandmother telling me how her grandmother wouldn’t let them talk from noon to 3:00 on Good Friday. Of course this same grandmother, my great great grandmother, made them hide in a closet and pray during thunderstorms.

I got an email from a friend yesterday with a letter from the priest at our church. Yes, we have a church and no we don’t go to mass often. The letter explained that they are canceling mass and basically closing the church for the next 10 days due to an increase in Covid cases among the staff and clergy (it did not mention parishioners). They will live stream the unattended masses. So my church is closing for the most sacred holiday weekend.

My holiday weekend will involve homemade pizza tonight. Tomorrow we will have our Easter dinner because N has to work Sunday. America runs on Dunkin even on a holiday. I suspect a chocolate bunny or two will appear because they are tradition at our house. How will you be spending your weekend?

If you’re curious about Good Friday and what it means. Here is a link.

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10 Responses to Good Friday

  1. We aren’t doing anything special, except that a few chocolate surprises may appear around the house, just for fun 🙂 I was raised Lutheran, and we did go to church pretty regularly for a while. My Dad fell away from it at a certain point, then attendance became much more uneven. Easter was always a pretty joyous event in our church, though it had its solemn side.

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  2. The three siblings (and one spouse) have gathered to spend as much time with Mom in hospice care as makes sense. We will have grilled salmon for Easter dinner, and Mushroom Asiago Chicken with asparagus and sweet potatoes. Goodies from the Italian bakery for dessert.
    Easter we have permission to record the live stream of Mom’s church’s service, so we can share it with her a little later in the day.

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  3. nanacathy2 says:

    I was raised Church of England and still have my faith for which I am most grateful. I was able to finally enter my local church today for private prayer. Its been closed for ages, services by Zoom before. I don’t eat meat on Good Friday, and I did some gardening this afternoon. The next three days will be all about seeing family outside of course, and chocolate! Happy Easter.

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  4. kathyreeves says:

    Easter will be quiet again this year, with no special music to prepare, so just services on Sunday. I am feeling a fresh level,of excitement this year, I think because I am doing a study of Acts, and even though I know the “story” it just seems very fresh! We are planting potatoes tomorrow (an Easter weekend tradition) and maybe taking a drive to collect flannel mullein (a native plant with medicinal properties)

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  5. My best friend is going to be a Grandma for the first time – he’s due tomorrow but we’re hoping for Easter Sunday just for her, because she is very strong in her faith. And I’m so excited to be adopted grandma I can hardly stand it. Otherwise, Easter is just a day to eat ham round here! My parents never went to church, and I think honestly that my mother was really a closet witch. 🙂

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  6. Meg Hanson says:

    My father was also raised Catholic but fell away during college. One of his reasons was also about they changed the rules. Why was it not OK before to eat meat on Friday, but then it changed to being OK. And also his older sister married a Lutheran, which was a VERY bad thing in their book.

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  7. ReginaMary says:

    I love the whole Triduum. I am sorry your church had to cancel in-person services. We only have one priest, so he is very cautious. We have been fortunate.

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  8. Stefanie says:

    Speaking of pizza, I’ve been seeing these pizza ovens that are separate appliances. Thought that was pretty neat.

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