We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
At our little New England Congregational church Lift High The Cross is sung each Lenten Sunday, and that tradition is much-loved. Here's another little church, Episcopal (corrected that) and full of old people, with the hymn. My church is packed with young people and their little kids, making me feel old.
It's the song we sing (in my Episcopal church) during the Palm Sunday procession. The congregation gathers in the parish hall with palm fronds, then walks over to the sanctuary, singing. Afterwards, the palm fronds are set aside to dry, and later they will be burned to produce the ashes we'll use on Ash Wednesday on the first of Lent in the following year.
Texan 99 --- do you know, do you have any idea how lucky you were to have Bishop Iker in your state?
BD: I am glad that your church is full of young people--mine is too--but, it no longer even mentions the 10 commandments. I went one time to the table for communion, only to have the new fem/nazi priest say a loud prayer giving loud thanks to women's menstrual cycle as she passed the chalice from lip to lip. Real timing that one! Kinda took away the original intent from the act of communion! Not to worry--she was a relative of one of the biggest AFL/CIO thugs in Illinois: she got to move to a Pretty, clean, and tidy state. Of course since the early 1900's that state and it's most powerful oligarchs have proudly announced themselves to be "the least churched state in the nation."
My kid's RC church is PACKED with young families with hordes of kids and babes in arms. Amazingly well behaved kids in church with their parents for the entire church service. Fair number of families with six kids. Yay! Lots more Christians, being brought up to love God and reach out to our increasingly godless society. I thought one family had 13 kids as they processed up for communion Thursday night, then figured out it was only the youth choir...I don't know if it's the new Pope, or what....there are still tons of old crocks like me and even older.