Sunday, October 17, 2010

well that was horrible

Rocky and I visited Nativity Church. in Springfield, VA. It was horribly depressing. The church is ugly but that's standard for churches built in the 60s, 70s and 80s so we didn't expect anything else. When we arrived a large group baptism ceremony was letting out. Most of the people were still milling around talking loudly and it was like they were at an auditorium. Nobody genuflected or bowed or even nodded towards Jesus. That may be partially because it was so hard to find Him. Nativity had no crucifix, instead there was one of those dopey resurecifixes over the altar. In a shadowy corner nearby was a tiny, ugly box sitting on a pillar. That was the tabernacle. Next to it, the santuary lamp appeared to be out. It was so sad. We tried to pray but it was so noisy that we got up to go. Just before going out I looked back and saw the priest tidying up the pews. All those lay people and the priest had to clean up? The last time I was at Nativity was 14 years ago and I'd forgotten it. It'll take another funeral for me to go back.

3 comments:

Sharon said...

I think I've been to that church before for a Catechist workshop and Mass. Does it have long vertical pieces of dark brown wood on the walls at the front of the church? That was one ugly church.

Lola said...

Lately whenever I find something like you described I remember that Angel of Portugals prayer:

"My God, I believe, I adore, I trust, and I love Thee. I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust, and do not love Thee. "

I was recently watching Julia Sweeney's "Goodbye God". If you want you may see the same old tired 'arguments' for atheism played out. I think her biggest mistake was attending a "bible study" at a liberal parish.

Thank Goodness I had Fatima's Anniversary for comfort.

Dymphna said...

No, Sharon, I think you went to a different one. In the front of Nativity is a lot of stone.

Lola, I'm going to remember the angel's prayer.