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.