>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.