April 6th, 2012

end of the day

[Good Friday] joy sadhana

In recent years it seems to me Good Friday has been a bright sunny day. Today it was. Even at 5:30. Yeah, we pushed party from ~2 to 1:30 because I was planning to leave ~2:15 for 3pm services (our monthly parties usually wind down after about 30 minutes) .. and at about 2:35 I remembered that I was considering 3pm services, which was not happening at that point (rushing to be late to a 30-minute Good Friday service? not so much). So I hung out at work (I did get some good stuff accomplished on account of having not been at 3pm service) and got to church ~5:30.

They had Stations of the Cross, which I don't recall from previous years. I didn't do them in order -- both because I didn't grasp the layout initially and also because I was initially hovering toward the back of the Sanctuary (tho I totally felt comfortable taken off my shoes basically as soon as I got in). Each one had a contemporary photograph and some interactive activity. Some of them I had to step away from fairly quickly -- I cannot handle much contemplation on the brutal reality of crucifixion.

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"Joy Sadhana is a daily practice in the observation of joy."
-mylittleredgirl [more info]

"You will prosper, my Servant, you will be raised up and highly exalted. Even as the crowds were appalled after seeing you -- you were so disfigured as to no longer look human -- so will the crowds be shocked at you, and rulers will stand speechless before you; for they will see something never told and witness something never heard
-Isaiah 52:13-15 (The Inclusive Bible)


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