We want our Holy Days back November 19, 2010Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic.
We don’t want them done away with if they fall on a Monday or Saturday, and we don’t want them rolled up into a Sunday in some misguided notion of being “pastoral,” which the current operative definition of seems to be “don’t expect very much of people.” Thomas Peters (http://catholicvote.org/discuss/?p=11646) comments on a George Weigel (http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2010/11/countercultural-time) suggestion that many of the traditional Holy Days of Obligation be put back into the liturgical calendar:
As things now stand, the Church has bent its sense of liturgical time to the imperial demands of that modern cultural artifact, the weekend. The Holy See has permitted local churches to lower the bar of liturgical expectation by transferring solemnities like Epiphany and Corpus Christi to Sundays, and the bishops of the United States have gone a step farther by lifting the obligation to attend Mass on certain holy days if those days fall on a Saturday or a Monday: thus, just a few weeks ago, the Solemnity of All Saints dropped off a lot of Catholic radar screens because it fell on a Monday, and was thus not a holy day of obligation.These are very bad ideas, it seems to me. If the time we spend worshipping God through Christ in the power of the Spirit is, in truth, an experience of enriched time (because it anticipates the time-beyond-time,) then we should not look for ways to cut temporal corners by shifting to Sunday long-established feasts whose celebration during the week once gave a unique rhythm to Catholic life. So let’s put Epiphany back where it belongs, on January 6, and let’s get the Solemnity of the Body and Body of Christ, Corpus Christi, back where it belongs, which is during the week.
Weigel then goes on to suggest that some other Holy Days be added, like the Solemnity of the North American Martyrs and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Or, we could just go back to the old calendar and be done with it!
Peters suggests that some people nowadays just go to Mass on what should be a Holy Day, anyway. That’s a good idea, and I think a few people do that. Perhaps an even better idea would be to go to Mass every day!
But seriously, give us our Holy Days back. There is a growing number of Catholics who aren’t interested in doing the bare minimum style of worship.