>December Fool

>For reasons I have never entirely understood, the Feast of the Holy Innocents, which falls today, December 28th, is the equivalent of April Fool’s Day in Spain. Going to mass locally will be enough of a joke as it is, and I do not need a “Kick Me” sign taped to my back. Much as I am enjoying my time at home I am looking forward to returning to Washington just to be able to attend a normal mass without “innovations” again.

This particular parish has a giant advent wreath suspended by chains from the ceiling, with white gauze angels flying out of it. It reminds me of the scene in “Raiders” when the Nazis open the Ark of the Covenant, but without the melting flesh. It’s particularly saddening since it is the parish I grew up in, had my First Communion and Confirmation. Still, it might not be so bad today, we shall see.

6 thoughts on “>December Fool

  1. >Small town Catholicism is much the same in the UK. Every now and again, I have to visit London in order to “have my fix”.However… tonight is the exception, as we have a visiting FSSP celebrating a Missa Cantata. Bliss!


  2. >My wires were crossed – it was a Low Mass.I wonder whether the tradition of 1980s and 1990s city-slickers buying second homes in the country/provinces (and subsequently retiring to the country) has anything to do with this change?Happy New Year… almost!


  3. >That’s certainly the case in Blighty, but not where I grew up. As usual, the provinces are behind the times trend-speaking, and so inclusive language, hand-holding, and other Georgetown Jesuit nonsense has only filtered in here over the last ten years – to the point where I usually prefer to drive to another deanery when I’m home.


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