01 November 2005

All Saints Day

I know they are angels not saints.

All Saints Day is a Holy Day of Obligation within the Catholic Church when I was at school we would troop into the Assembly Hall for Mass with singing, guitars and bad poems read with lisps. The head of RE would gurn madly as he tried to encourage us to join in and "really worship" It was pitiful, he had a bad beard and wore worse sweaters, the hymns we had to sing were mostly in the "modern pop style" (think bad 50s folk). Communion would take for ever as almost all the 750 pupils at my school were able to take communion and not doing so just because you didn't feel like it or didn't believe in god was frowned upon if you had been baptised Catholic that is, those who were not couldn't take communion even if they wanted to.

It was awful I loathed it, it helped me to come to the conclusion that I didn't believe in a god.

Once in Sixth form we had to suffer through a Christian "Rock Band" at least it was ecumenical suffering as the sixth form was a joint one with the C of E school up the road.

The 1st of January used to be a Holy Day of Obligation in the United Kingdom as well it was probably one of the least well kept days, it struck a lot of people as the Church being killjoys about New Years Eve, a secular celebration.


  1. Hmmm... started writing an essay here and decided it would look better as a blog entry. :-)

    Thanks for the inspiration babes. xxx

  2. Glad to be of help dear. xxx

  3. Imagine if they hadn't invented copy & paste! :)

    I was brought up C of E, christened and everything but they still wouldn't let me have any wine, b*stards.

  4. Hi Jessica - Nah you can't have the wine until you've done your first communion. I've had baptism, first communion, confession and confirmation. Didn't seem to take though