Here in the England and Wales, I too would like the Bishops to explain, every year why they have seperated us from Scripture and Tradition by moving this feast to the Sunday. I can't help but see it as another sign that "the world" is victorious, from them.The Apostles didn't meet in the upper room for six days and so this Holy Day of Obligation math doesn't quite work out.I think that bishops who have decided this for their diocese should have to annually explain why this is too much of an imposition on Ash Wednesday. I would love to hear the argument why this is a good idea when on a non-Holy Day of Obligation like Ash Wednesday people seem to come out of the woodwork to get to Mass. Besides I totally hate the idea of a Holy Day of Obligation being seen as a imposition in the first place.
It is also annoying that in a universal Church I will watch the Pope on TV [tomorrow] celebrating the Ascension while I will have to wait for Sunday and of course in the Liturgy of the Hours you have to branch off from the normal course of readings for a little detour.
Thursday, May 01, 2008
Posted by Fr Ray Blake