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.
Awards season is officially here. And Lent...well, it feels like Lent really never left us over the course of this last year or so. And since nothing says "Church Drunk" like taking two good things and ruining them both, we've decided to combine the pomp and circumstance of red carpets and gold envelopes with the sackcloth austerity of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Grab a glass of something bubbly and join Dizzy & Ges to determine which of our favorite things are the most Lentiest. Ladies and gentlemen...The Lentys!
So, usually it takes a few weeks to really get into the slog of Lent. By about Week 5, you can almost guarantee that Dizzy will be moaning about how long Lent is, and Ges will be (either intentionally or unintentionally) breaking all the rules. It's kind of an annual tradition. But with Lent 2021, tradition has been thrown to the wolves. We're not even two weeks in, and it feels like all bets are off. Did Lent even start? Does anyone care if we eat fish on Fridays? Is this the desert, or did we just install a sandbox in our own backyard just to keep our toddler from tearing apart the house? For answers to these and other of life's big questions, pull up a chair (and a cock-up!) and join us for Episode 90 - Land of P-Lenty!
So, Lent...it's a thing now. And our world looks so different for it, right? Well, maybe not. But the great thing about a season that lasts 40 days is that you get an opportunity to roll into it slowly, and there will still be a long road ahead. If you (like us) are still searching for what Lent 2021 will really look like, and need some ideas on how to practice your prayer, fasting, and almsgiving (as well as our second favorite holy trinity of reading, drinking, and complaining), then Dizzy & Ges have you covered. Grab a beverage and pull-up a chair for Episode 89 - This Salty Cock-Up!
And so it begins. 40 more days of Lent. The road ahead is fraught with fasting, strewn with solitude, and tumultuous with terrors that go bump in the night. And in the midst of a global pandemic, we here at Church Drunk are left to contemplate...what's left to give up? If you're stuck in the burlap pit of Ash Wednesday, and don't quite know how to get your Lenten engine started this year, take heart. Dizzy & Ges are here to help you get in the mood with Episode 88 - Such An Ash Hole!
As Lent draws to a close, we still find ourselves mired in a desert of a different stripe. It's times like these when "eyes on the cross" really isn't that bad of a motto, so it would seem that Good Friday arrived just in time! And while the cross provides a powerful visual reminder of the whole "death and resurrection" bit of Christianity (you know, that old chestnut), here are Church Drunk we are aggressively self-professed word nerds. So sometimes we don't just keep our eyes on the cross, we keep our ears there, too! So grab a cup of bitterness and join Dizzy & Ges for a Triduum reflection on the words of Jesus on Holy Thursday and Good Friday that echo through the ages!
Did you already listen to this year's Stations of the Cross Playlist? If not, go check it out! If you already did, and you just can't get enough of those 14 little nuggets of suffery goodness, then Dizzy & Ges are here to help. Join us for a deep dive on each station chock full of prayers and booze and quotes from our favorite poets and saints. These ain't your grandma's Stations of the Cross (unless your grandma is awesome...we all know some of those!), so belly up to the bar at the Golgotha Public House, and jump into Episode 80 - Wandering the Way of the Cross!
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!
As Lent is made even longer through the magic of social distancing, we're all looking for ways to keep the ol' spiritual wheels turning. Actually, we're looking for ways to keep the most basic, fundamental social, personal, and emotional wheels turning. So the spiritual wheels might be gathering dust at this point. Still, Dizzy & Ges are here to help. For some practical tips, Pope hope, and general drunken banter, join us for Episode 79 - Prayer by Proxy!
Lent is a long journey down a lonesome road in a windswept desert where we encounter nobody but the devil himself...and literally billions of other spiritual sojourners who have set out on the same lonesome road. It's almost like the most powerful thing uniting us is our isolation. Hmmm, might we be able to take these lessons learned in Lent and apply them to a much more pressing type of social distancing that is sweeping the globe? Grab a drink (remember: alcohol is a natural sterilizing agent) and join Dizzy & Ges to find out on Episode 77 - Let's Be Alone Together!