Skip to comments.What are they thinking? (The Easter and Christmas only Church-goers, that is!)
Posted on 04/10/2012 10:09:53 AM PDT by Salvation
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I know we have had people packed in our vestibule -- standing room only and out on the sidewalk too.
Yes. It happens in other denominations, too. But why assume the ones standing outside are the ones who only come once or twice a year? Seating is reserved only in Synagogues—not in Christian churches. The one-r/two-ers may have gotten there early enough to take a seat.
Not all christians are christians...
Same here. My church usually fills up pretty decently - we get on average about 175 people each week. But on Easter and Christmas, we have to open up the chapel on the side and hold two services - and even then we’re filled to capacity.
I have been led to understand that deliberately neglecting the mass for even a single Sunday is a mortal sin (as opposed to missing mass due to unavoidable circumstances, which is not sin). Is that correct?
The article in and of itself is exactly why I am not involved in organized religion, which invariably has distorted the true teachings of God and/or made up their own along the way, or have eliminated (or tried to) the ones they disagreed with.
Be happy they came.
And always remember all it takes to get into heaven is the belief in God and his son. Nothing else. At least according to those that have died and come back to tell the tale.
But feel free to believe what you want.
Holly and Lily Christians — LOL — I’ve never heard that before.
I wonder if these people realize that they are disobeying a commandment to “Keep holy the Lord’s Day.”
I stuggled with it this Easter as I sat her with a broken foot unable to attend church. You can laugh at me if you wish, but I cried because I could not be there to support the Body of Christ and to receive Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.
Why do you stay away from Church? The doors are always open, Christ says, "Come, follow me."
Those are the two days I DON’T go to church. Seriously.
“And always remember all it takes to get into heaven is the belief in God and his son.”
This is a true statement, but must be qualified. True belief will result in Christian behavior. Jesus said we can know each other by our fruits.
That’s one of the reasons I avoid church those days. It opens up a seat for someone that doesn’t normally go. It could be their day.
I pray an EM showed up at your house to bring you the Most Precious Body on that most holy of days!
Attend the Vigil Masses then. They are absolutely beautiful and, it seems to me, that the vast majority of those in the pews are much more spiritually motivated and dedicated.
Sorry about that. You are missing a rich liturgy on both days.
Perhaps more accurately, now all who call themselves Christians are Christians.
If someone looks at it as the default option because of what they're not (Jewish, Muslim, atheist) then it's not really a accurate label.
If you are not a follower of Christ, you don't have the right to claim the label of *Christian*, or *little Christ*.
I’m not Catholic. I did go to a midnight mass with my wife once near downtown Seattle though. She comes from a VERY devout Irish Catholic family. In her mid 30’s she became the family black sheep when she went protestant.
A personal opinion contradicted by Scripture.
Every time I find a pastor that I like they wind up moving away.
I go to my parents church whenever I travel to PA. He’s good and he listens to my questions and theories, most of which are highly heretical.
For example I firmly believe that while Jesus was the son of God his intention was not to start yet another religion but to reform the existing Jewish faith. The New Testament is loaded with examples. One of these days I need to bounce this of Ron. His reaction should be pretty funny.
We had many Chreasters at Mass on Easter Sunday. “Chreasters” are those who only show up at Mass at Christmas and Easter, hence “Chreasters”. Happy to have them, but why not show up year-round?
—Sorry about that. You are missing a rich liturgy on both days.—
I can say with confidence (based on personal experience) that if you are not a Catholic it is a different experience.
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