The Stations of the Cross can be a slog, but that's kind of the point. If a playlist gives us an alternate way to pray the stations, and/or pray them more more frequently, then we'll just keep on listening and praying and posting, and someday things have to get better, right? Right? RIGHT? I mean, the tomb eventually stands empty, and there is rejoicing in the streets. But, as the stations remind us, we don't get there without the grind. Eyes on the cross. One foot in front of the other. Prayers up.
Well, here we are again! Last year the Church Drunk Stations of the Cross Playlist arrived just in time to hunker down and ride out a few days weeks months eternities of pandemic lockdown, and now the 2021 version drops on a Good Friday where our hope is comprised of one part resurrection, one part vaccination, and one part quiet desperation. We'll get there, people! And after the long and winding road that we have been on, let us remember that the Stations of the Cross will always be the longest and windingest road of them all...but we don't have to walk them alone.
Church Drunk has you covered with a Christmas Countdown unlike any other. Throughout the season, Dizzy & Ges will be posting our favorite Adventy quotes, songs, musings, and literary adventures, along with a weekly challenge designed to make your Advent overflow with hope, peace, joy, and love...and possibly (hopefully) bourbon!
Here at Church Drunk, we are about more than just booze and podcasts. Sometimes we are also about booze and beat poetry, as well! And since we're all trapped here on these crazy internets together, we thought that perhaps it might be time for us to try our hand at an open mic night of our own creation. Maybe it will become a recurring event. Maybe this is one night only. Maybe we will wake up tomorrow and realize that this worldwide pandemic was one, long, crazy dream. And then we'll have the best bloody Mary of our lives.
It's going to be weird not being able to come together to pray and worship in the communal way that has been our custom during these sacred days of the church calendar, but we must keep in mind that God hears us just as well (and sometimes even better!) when we're at home. And that's where our Church Drunk Stations of the Cross Playlist comes in!
If Lent is an entire 40-day season to reflect on how we have been living our lives in relation to Christ and our fellow man, then the first few days of Holy Week offer the opportunity to reflect on how our Lent has gone. And if you (like us here at Church Drunk) are looking back and finding your Lent lacking, then it is time to holy hard this week! The 2019 Stations of the Cross Playlist is here to help.
For the speed readers out there, feel free to consider this the 2019 edition of the Lenten Reading List. For the rest of us...let's just be grateful that there are 50 days of Eastertide for us to contemplate (and read about) the mystery of life, death, and resurrection! Deep in our bookish hearts, we here at Church Drunk love to find God between the pages of a favorite story, and the long, dark season of Lent yearns to be accompanied by a good book or two. So we've made it a bit of a tradition to put together a short list of good reads for Lent.
So, for a variety of personal and professional reasons (and a few that blur the lines between those two distinct realms), I've been thinking a lot about suffering lately. I mean, Dizzy and I have been trying to get the latest episode of the podcast into the books for well over a week now, but she's battling a bug and a case of the busies, while Baby Ges is fighting off an ear infection has given everyone in my household a case of the sweet-Jesus-I-can't-sleepies. Not that sniffles and sleep depravation really give me much to complain about, especially when I certainly know some folks with legitimate reason to gripe...but they don't.
I never met Brother Rick Curry, and he passed away too soon at the age of 72 in December of 2015. However, all that being the case, I feel like I've actually gotten to know Br. Rick pretty well over the last few weeks. You see, we spent Advent and Christmas baking together, and you can get to know a person in a rather unique and special way when you spend some time together in the kitchen.
So, um, here at Church Drunk we are big fans of podcasting...and even bigger fans of rest! And so, Dizzy and Ges are taking a week off in honor of Labor Day. Our Summer Reading List series will conclude next week with our episode about God's Mechanics by Brother Guy Consolmagno. In the meantime, you'll have to soothe your aching earbuds by reading aloud the following Church Drunk Original Composition!