Sunday, April 16, 2006

EASTER OBSERVATIONS

First, last night L and I went to the vigil. It is 2 1/2 hours of readings, prayers, songs, baptisms, confirmations, etc. Generally the readings alternate between English and Spanish, usually alternating. This is not usually a problem, since the program translates the readings into the language in which they are not read in. Thus, the Spanish readings are in the program in English. In any case, if you have a program, it is not a problem. However, if, like me, you are stupid and grab a bulletin instead, huge parts of the vigil blew by me en Espanol. And so it goes. That must have been how Mass always felt in Latin.

Second, last night during the vigil I would have sworn that one of the readers announced the reading as the "Letter to the Gremlins." Did they mean Gremlins, or Gremlins? Maybe I misheard.

Third, the Sun-Times reported that several Episcopalian churches on the East Coast have introduced something called the U2 liturgy. It is a multimedia presentation, with U2's music, and video. The idea is that U2 has many Christian influences in its music, and young people like U2. Therefore, adding U2 to the liturgy will get young people into the church. Oy. I won't even get into whether simply having "Christian influences" is sufficient to make you part of the liturgy. I won't get into an Irish band that was nationalist early in their career being used in the Church of England (American version) liturgy. Can you imagine how insufferable Bono will be when he hears about this? Ugh. How can they do this?

Fourth, Whispers in the Loggia has a translation of B16's homily delivered last night at the vigil. Among other things, B16 stated
In fact, if it were simply that somebody was once brought back to life, and no more than that, in what way should this concern us? But the point is that Christ’s Resurrection is something more, something different. If we may borrow the language of the theory of evolution, it is the greatest "mutation", absolutely the most crucial leap into a totally new dimension that there has ever been in the long history of life and its development: a leap into a completely new order which does concern us, and concerns the whole of history.

Well, I guess we don't have to worry about B16 seeking to reverse the Church's course on evolution...

Happy Easter, and Christus resurrexit!

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