The (holy) week that is, and is, and is . . .

I labor to figure out why, who have been participating in Holy Week as long as I can remember, though less in recent years. Part of it is age, I suppose, which militates against marathon services. Part is a lingering discontent with our reformed liturgy — ah so bland, ah so darn functional, ah so explanatory.

Blithe Spirit

Hearing from a friend about a Holy Thursday service she found inspiring, I had to respond that my baptism is not taking well in recent years, as I have come to consider Holy Week as the Week of Overdoing It.

Indeed, I showed up at our church door yesterday for the usual 8:30 a.m. mass (which I attend sporadically), to be reminded by a note on the door to bishops [sic] and other visiting liturgical performers saying where they should group for the night’s mass. I had plumb forgot, so little have I been concerned about it.

I labor to figure out why, who have been participating in Holy Week as long as I can remember, though less in recent years. Part of it is age, I suppose, which militates against marathon services. Part is a lingering discontent with our reformed liturgy ? ah so bland, ah so darn functional

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About Jim Bowman
Jim Bowman covered religion 1968-78 for the Chicago Daily News, since then has written books, articles, etc., mostly on corporate history but also on religion (Company Man: My Jesuit Life, 1950-1968), and more recently on politics (Illinois Blues: How the Ruling Party Talks to Voters, -- Lulu.com, Kindle). Longtime Oak Park, Illinois, resident, he lives now on Chicago's North Side, where four of his and Winnie's six children live close by.

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