Friday, March 14, 2008

Friday Five - Palms

And can you believe that in two days it will be Palm Sunday for Western Christians? Our Lent is almost over, while our Orthodox sisters and brothers, whose liturgical year follows the older Julian calendar, are just starting theirs.

To help you adjust--and enjoy the process--here's a Friday Five about time and transitions....

1. If you could travel to any historical time period, which would it be, and why?

Around the 6th century in Ireland to experience the leadership of women in the church as a thing that didn't make headlines, because it was the accepted way of being Church.

2. What futuristic/science fiction development would you most like to see?

Self-driving, solar powered cars! Good for the environment and auto accidents would be a thing of - well, the past.

3. Which do you enjoy more: remembering the past, or dreaming for the future?

Dreaming for the future while working toward it. I just know there are great things in the future for my congregation and I can visualize them clearly. It's just going to be a lot of work.

4. What do you find most memorable about this year's Lent?

A new sense of excitement about possibilities. The congregation is living through Lent in self-examination, knowing the present is bleak but joyfully anticipating their own resurrection in the not too distant future.

5. How will you spend your time during this upcoming Holy Week? What part do you look forward to most?

Really? I'll spend the week trying to get everything done for two weeks so I can go on vacation at 5 pm on Easter Sunday!

I really look forward to the Good Friday Prayer Vigil, when I will get to spend time alone in the sanctuary with God and not feel like I should be "doing" something.


Singing Owl said...

Wow! I'm with you on every sing answer, even about the church going through Lent in self-examination. No vacation for me though. Have a wonderful Holy Week, and then a fabulous vacation!

Auntie Knickers said...

Great answer to #3, and what every church should be doing.

Mother Laura said...

Great (and unique) answer to #1. Do you know the Sister Fidelma mysteries by Peter Tremayne?

It would be fun to visit, though we are usually at our new parish now (with an occasional break for mass at home)...hopefully it won't be that long before we meet again.

Happy Holy Week and Easter!

rev maria said...

I love Sister Fidelma. I discovered her after I began studying my cultural heritage several years ago, so I know the historical background is pretty accurate.

RevDrKate said...

Love that idea of time alone with God and not feeling rushed "to do" on good Friday. YAAY for your church for #4.