Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The most wonderful time of the year!


You know the tune...

It's the most wonderful time of the year
With fish fries a smelling
and everyone telling you "try giving up beer"
It's the most wonderful time of the year.

It's the pray-prayingest season of all
with weekly prayer meetings
and mission priest greetings
out in the church hall
It's the pray-prayingest season of all

There'll be stations for praying
and rosaries saying
And lovely desserts to forgo
There'll be sacrifice stories
and tales of the glories of
Lenten times long, long ago

It's the most wonderful time of the year
There'll be much ashes showing
on bald heads that are growing
much thinner each year
It's the most wonderful time of the year

There'll be folks a wondering
do we fast on Sunday
or is it a day to let go
There'll be lots of almsgiving
with rice bowls a jingling
heavy with pennies we know

It's the most wonderful time of the year
There'll be lots of confessing
and altars undressing
when Holy Week nears
It's the most wonderful time
It's the most prayerful time
It's the most wonderful time of the year.

Should I be this cheery going in to Lent?

- Matthew 6:16 - "When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you."

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