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Thread #109544 Message #2290868
Posted By: PoppaGator
17-Mar-08 - 03:55 PM
Thread Name: BS: Sad dayfor Irish in parts of US at least
Subject: RE: BS: Sad dayfor Irish in parts of US at least
Monday of Holy Week, and indeed Tuesday and Wednesday as well, are not especially dramatic. The Passion doesn't really heat up until Thursday, night of the Last Supper and Gethsemane. However, the liturgical calendar includes masses for each of these days of "early" Holy Week, and they always supercede whatever saints' feast days would normally be celebrated. None of us notice or care when St. Whatizname of Poduck loses a feast day once every decade or two, but when it's Patrick, well then, lots of folks sit up and take notice.
The whole week is supposed to commemorate Christ's final week on earth, spent in Jerusalem at Passover time and starting on Palm Sunday, when he paraded into town as a hero, being cheered by the same crowd that would be shouting "Crucify Him!" later in the week on Friday.
But nobody's stopping you from celebrating outside of church. And even in the church itself, if you wanted to go to weekday Mass early this morning, no one would have or could have stopped you from saying a few words of prayer to Patrick.