Good Friday

Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”; and when he had said this he breathed his last. Luke 23:45-46

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“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”  Luke 23: 42-43



Minute by Minute

All the cool kids (I’m looking at your Dwija and Cam) are doing it so on this day when I have all three kids here (Shelby has a low-grade fever, so her grouchiness got to stay home today):

5:20 AM–wake up enough to kiss Jeff goodbye, snuggle in my comforter and go back to sleep

7:00 AM–wake up, go to the bathroom and get out of bed

7:10 AM–Lauds

7:13 AM–Will runs out and announces to Joe that Mama is up and praying

7:20 AM–Open Shelby’s door, invite boys to breakfast

7:30 AM–Begin fixing pancakes for breakfast

7:31 AM–Want to bang head on something hard, we have no milk

7:32 AM–I spy with my little eye some buttermilk on the fridge door that is still good. Praise Jesus, You are good in deed.

7:45 AM–Finally sit down to eat my pancakes

8:15 AM–Try to persuade Shelby to put clothes on, fail

8:30 AM–Turn on Pandora and rock out to 80’s New Wave on the Jesus Jones station while cleaning up the mess from breakfast/washing dishes

9:00 AM–Tune into Salt and Light for a rebroadcast of the Chrism Mass in Rome

9:30 AM–Inform both boys they can fix their own drinks

9:45 AM–help Shelby make grits as she has finally decided breakfast is a good idea

10:00 AM–make Shelby More grits

10:08 AM–Let Joey know if he wants the iPad to take it from his sister. She’s had enough time, I’m allowing him to just take it.

10: 15 AM–Make Shelby more grits

10:33 AM–Announce to Shelby she’s consumed all the grits in the house

10:48 AM–Mass is over,  begin contemplating lunch

11:00 AM–Will says, Let’s have more pancakes, so I make more pancakes

11:15 AM–Shelby changes herself (thankfully just a pee diaper) and brings me her school uniform, two jackets, and two backpacks and demands I help her dress

11:30 AM–finally get to eat my lunch pancakes

11:43 AM–clean up the lunch mess

11:50 AM–make hot dog for unnamed boy child who ate pancakes and claims to still be hungry

11: 56 AM—sit down to compose this post

12:00 PM–notice it’s noon and let’s say an Angelus

I know the minutiae is overwhelming.

On Holy Thursday

Christ instituted the priesthood:

He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them and those in authority over them are addressed as ‘Benefactors’but among you it shall not be so. Rather, let the greatest among you be as the youngest, and the leader as the servant.For who is greater: the one seated at table or the one who serves? Is it not the one seated at table? I am among you as the one who serves.It is you who have stood by me in my trials;and I confer a kingdom on you, just as my Father has conferred one on me,that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom; and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Luke 22: 25-30


And today at the Chrism Mass, Pope Francis extols us, the lay people this way.


Dear lay faithful, be close to your priests with affection and with your prayers, that they may always be shepherds according to God’s heart.


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It’s not the perfect solution

But I started up with Bloglovin’ and that’s right, I left Google Reader which was gonna dump me come July so, you know, I beat it to the punch. And while it locks up my intrawebs frequently…I am continuing  and hoping it improves.

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A Gospel Reading, the first two readings and then the Passion…what’s up with that?

A lot of Catholics were befuddled by mass on Palm Sunday this year by the order of the mass. And I guess I would have been too if I had not watched mass with the Pope beforehand and sat and read in the missals that our church has available before mass (I got there early anticipating a rush so I had time to kill). Here is a run down I found online. It’s for Year A and we’re in Year C, but you get the idea.

Everything happened at mass in St Peter’s exactly to the letter as it is in that online resource. Now, our church doesn’t do the procession of the palms, because, as I stated we have nowhere to gather and even if we did, the weather this year made that impossible. So our priest processed in to All Glory Laud in Honor, did the opening prayer and then the Gospel reading. Afterward we did not have a homily (we did not have one at all, actually) but we were seated for the readings and the “normal” Liturgy of the Word. I read in the missal that there are three entrances to mass, one which involves the procession, the second which does not involve the procession but proceeded as ours did and then a third “simple entrance” which is what most of us are probably used to. Now, as to why so many of us did something we are not accustomed to before, I have no idea.

I do know that it is not a rogue priest or strange parish thing. After all, as I said, it is how it was celebrated in St Peter’s and the missals were printed before Pope Francis’ election so it’s not some liturgical change related to the change in the Papacy. (And with the schedule he has been keeping, that I would have had to assume it was done in his sleep if it were.) I was glad that I got to hear Pope Francis’ homily especially since our priest did not offer one this week.

Light in Darkness

Joining Maria’s new meme this week Light in Darkness. And thank you to Maria for linking to my blog this week in her own moment of Light in Darkness. If you are stopping by from Maria’s I thank you for visiting and hope you will come again. This video of Palm Sunday mass is too cute, Pope Francis kissing so many babies, he barely makes it to mass on time. But can you blame him? What is better than kissing a sweet baby?! And what a valuable witness to life around us.