Sunday, April 12, 2015

Low Sunday 2015

In the Catholic Church, today is both Quasimodo Sunday AND Pascha.
  • Mass Quasi modo geniti infantes, alleluia at Mater Ecclesiae, where a Divine Mercy shrine was set up in front of the pulpit; it's all about Jesus so that's great. Today with the flea market at the high school (Tina Fey's alma mater) in the next town and the Super Sunday street fest in the county seat, the vigil Low Mass at Mater was my choice for our Mass this weekend.
  • Some notes on radical and integralist Catholics.
  • Donna now has true vintage sunglasses from yours truly, in time for this year's car-show and flea-market circuit.
  • Martha Stewart's basics of mothproofing. Essential if you wear vintage.
  • One of the best lunches I've had: Just-cooked jerk chickens with spiced beans and rice from Little Negril, the Jamaican restaurant at the Berlin Farmers' Market, set up outside in the flea market.
  • Χριστός ἀνέστη! (This week I'll be saying that to Christos and his crew at Colonial Kitchen.) Христосъ воскресе! Today this year the estranged traditional Catholics of the Orthodox communion as well as our relatively small Greek Catholic communities in their homelands (mostly in the far western Ukraine) celebrate Easter. My tribute to Russia: hoping Putin's a new Constantine. The Russians just had a literally all-night round of services including a midnight street procession and of course Mass (Liturgy), dwarfing our famous Christmas midnight Mass. On paper, Easter is Catholicism's No. 1 feast ("Christ our God... trampling down death by death"; rightly co-opting the natural feast of spring renewal); culturally, in the West Christmas rules (me: et Verbum caro factum est; et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto ex Maria Virgine, et homo factus est; everything else is commentary; even secular people love the Yule fest of cheer in the dead of winter and getting gifts) while at least for Russians, Easter is in fact THE feast in the Christian East. By the way, on their Low Sunday, culturally the Russians skip Mass and head out to the cemeteries for the priest to come bless their families' graves, where they have a small party.
  • A P.S. What's your opinion of the Orthodox Holy Fire in Jerusalem? Miracle or pious fraud? I believe it's real.

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