Announcing A Fast

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I saw a few bits of fuss about Wednesday being assigned as a day of fasting and prayer for the time of pandemic. Over the years, I’ve seen similar dismay at the suggestion that the day of Transfiguration be assigned the status of an ember day or something because of the first use of a nuclear weapon against a civilian population.

As a liturgist, I suppose either takes me aback. After some consideration, though, I don’t think I have a big problem with it. The coming week will be critical for the US, as infections rise alarmingly and we’ll see if Louisiana and Illinois Protestants or Florida and California beachfolk give us a spike in sickness.

Meanwhile, above, Henry Ossawa Tanner’s magnificent depiction of Wednesday’s feast.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to Announcing A Fast

  1. Liam says:

    Massachusetts goes another notch in the shelter-in-place tomorrow, though it doesn’t change much for me.

    Given my daily mostly scripture-contemplating Rosary in Lent in recent years, plus daily course reading through the Gospels (I just completed Luke’s pre-Triduum section today, moving onto John’s pre-Triduum section for the rest of this week, then the Mark-Matthew-Luke Last Supper & Passion accounts next week, then John’s et cet.), is how much journeying goes on in the early chapters of Luke and Matthew other than the genealogies (of which Lukes comes just before the baptism of Jesus). So much risk and trust.

    For the second Joyful Mystery, my art work of choice is the literally gripping (by S Elizabeth on her knees) work by Luca della Robbia, in S Giovanni Fuorcivitas in Pistoia, of which a number of fine copies were made via plaster cast.

  2. Todd says:

    John Collier’s painting is also outstanding.

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