Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Not a good week!

Keeping Holy Week holy has always been a bit problematic. I am reminded of the times we were on the high seas...impossible to keep except in our hearts...

On special days like Maunday Thursday , the traditional day for a priest to renew the vows taken at ordination I have always tried to keep it properly even without a church to attend!

This week I have a funeral on that day so I will be unable to get to the cathedral.

The anniversary of the first David's death fell on Easter Sunday...all I was able to do on that day was take lilies to the church and then scuttle home to weep in peace!

Holy Week should be special I think...it prepares us for the horror of death followed by the glory of resurrection...but as I get older it has become more personal, filled with good and painful memories of people and times past!

This year has brought its own problem in the shape of a painful blister on my tongue!

Eating is difficult and mostly liquid! Speaking is painful and with a thick tongue lacks my usual clarity....

The mouthwash is the one used by David in his last weeks...

And yet...we are moving towards the wonderful moment of joyful realisation!

I just hope my reflections and problems somehow resolve themselves in time to help the bereaved, sing the hymns and pray for the dear departed on Thursday! .

Holy Week was never designed to be easy.....


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