no passion for the Passion

   

I skipped church on Palm/Passion Sunday. That's quite unlike me.

Part of it was that I didn't want to try to get acquainted with the procedure for that day at St. John's. Part of it was that I didn't want to hear the passion narrative.

I've heard it said that the Eastern church focuses primarily on the Incarnation, while the Western church, at least the liturgical part of it, focuses primarily on the Passion and Resurrection. I think that that is true. I've come up with this formula, speaking as the Powers that Be of the Western liturgical tradition: "Yes, Advent and Christmas are fine and all that, but what is really important is Lent, Holy Week, and, oh, yes, Easter too."

Now that somewhat unfair, certainly, but I also think that there is a certain amount of truth there. And I guess I'm just feeling it more strongly this year than I have in previous years.



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