Friday, April 20, 2007

Candles, music, incense and low lighting set the mood............................

For the confirmation ceremony last night. I know what you were thinking, get your mind out of the gutter people. :-)

We attended my nephew's confirmation into the Catholic Church last night. I'm not Catholic, but went through a similar process in the Lutheran Church. Honestly at the time, I was just going through the process for my parents. It was not something I wanted to do. Overall, I am glad I did it - I learned alot of history about the Church and what the Lutheran religion was all about. I have since become a non-practicing Lutheran and have moved on to a non-denominational Church.

I have to admit that this Catholic Church was much different than the one I visited when I spent weeks at a time with my Grandmother. There was music. With a band. Fun music! The Bishop and Priest we actually charismatic and fun. They managed to get in some jokes during the mass. I was pleasantly suprised. Perhaps if the Priests and Pastors of the churches I attended growing up were like this, I would not have stopped going to church all through college and then changed to a completely different religion as an adult. Don't get me wrong, I know Church is not supposed to be one big 'ol party. But, the sullen, somber services I attended throughout my childhood and teen years did nothing for me. Anyway, it was nice to see 70+ teenagers excited to be at church and excited about religion.

Now, if I could just contain my 2-year old during church! She did great, but is not used to 2 hours of church in one sitting.

What does this have to do with running?

Absolutely nothing. I will be at the park this afternoon for 3 miles of fun and will be able to get back to some blogging about running.


J~Mom said...

I have noticed that churches all around have loosened up. I am a Baptist girl and the music we play in church now is not the same as the music of my childhood (still good just different). Sounds like a nice service.

barbara said...

Sign me up for the party! I'm pretty sure there's not a set format we're supposed to follow for worshipping.

We have a pretty sizable band with electric guitars, keyboards, percussion (that you can probably hear a mile away).

We also have a pipe organ. Funny thing is I have non-music loving friends who are there for the message, etc.and couldn't tell you one song we sang.