Here it is, Holy Week already, and I’m still mentally behind the curve, having barely entered into Lent. We’ll see if I can manage to catch up a little, as this evening we’re taking the kids to do the stations of the cross at St. Ben’s, this evening being geared particularly toward children and families. Thursday evening we’re gathering together for a meal with our little band of ecclesiastical vagrants — we’ve done this every year on Maundy Thursday for the past number of years, and it generally promises to be a good time. Hopefully I’ll come up with some thematic things to say around here for the balance of the week too, as I’ve done in past years (see last year’s list of past Holy Week posts), including a detailed retelling of the events of Holy Week both for adults and for kids.
I was busy feed-reading when I noticed a brief post from Bob Hyatt which put a very odd notion in my head, right after his post on ecards for Lent. Now I haven’t really selected anything to give up for Lent, so perhaps I should ask Google. It knows all. So I Googled “what should [insert name here] give up for lent” and clicked on the first result. Maybe I should have just clicked “I’m Feeling Lucky.” (Go on, try it — just put your own name in the obvious place.) I came up with an article titled “Global Warming Evangelism: Give Up Carbon For Lent!” which says that several bishops in Britain are suggesting parishioners give up carbon for lent. Oh yes, it’s a Carbon Fast: An act with impact. It’s good that the church is thinking about going green, I figure.
…and wishing these to you today, with blueberries. As I mentioned on the weekend, today is the day when the Pancake Turtle brings pancakes to people all over the world.
This Pancake Day, help spread the legend of the Pancake Turtle with joy and maple syrup for all.
With Advent just over a week away now, Advent resources are beginning to appear online, including Christine Sine’s New Advent Meditation and planned synchroblogs. I organized a synchroblog last year for Advent, and have collected all the post links for reference as well. I’ve also begun to reread some of my past posts for the season, like Bethlehem and Mixing metaphors, and Kicking your way to the Light. There are also collections of Advent resources appearing online as well.
I’m starting to think on these themes just a little, as the SBT Book of Hours project is getting underway. Oddly enough, Lent was subscribed pretty quickly, with Christmas and Advent falling behind. I didn’t have any particular leaning and offered to fill in where necessary, so drew Vespers during the Christmas season as a result. There’s still an opening left under Advent, so I’m considering that too.
I’ve never done much Lent blogging, though I tend to get a bit more seasonally contemplative in the week leading up to Easter. I should be blogging Lent more thematically, but for a variety of reasons, this was not the year to start that tradition — although quite a number of folks asked me about it after my Advent project. Perhaps next year. In the meantime, I’ve decided to give you the preview collection of what I’ve composed for the week, which I tend to review every year.
Tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday, and it generally falls to me each year to spread the word about the Pancake Turtle, who visits good little boys and girls each year on Shrove Tuesday with heaping stacks of fresh hot pancakes piled high on his back. I explained Pancake Day in more detail last year, and the Pancake Turtle’s part therein. As the day of course marks the last one before the season of Lent begins, here’s a batch of Lent resources:
Our favorite little Greek place was closed for renovations this evening, necessitating the discovery of a nearby bakery for evening dining on the way to “Hear the Silence” at St. Benedict’s Table. Afterward, Jamie informed me that during this tomorrow evening’s service (tonight now, I guess… Sunday 11th), Mike Koop is planning to do “Death Cures Everything,” an unrecorded favorite of mine, and by Mike’s estimation, probably the only hymn that has the word “shit” in it. I had quipped that I’d never heard it in a worship service, so Jamie thought it warranted a mention. I was glancing through The Litany during the service this evening, and it occurs to me that “death cures everything” is likely quite an appropriate observation for the season of Lent.
Lent. We’re getting well into the Lenten season already, but I’m still getting my head around all of it. Not coming from a church background that actually observes the church calendar or anything acknowledged to be a liturgy, some of this stuff is still settling into my psyche and finding a place to roost.
Last Sunday evening before or after (I forget which, probably after) we attended St. Benedicts Table, we talked with our kids about the season of Lent. It was noted that the colour of the priest’s stole had changed, and a series of candles at the front of the church would be extinguished, one each week, until they were all dark.