I won't say where, because I don't want to be the cause of public, in-your-face, Easter snark and chaos, but... oh man, oh man, oh man: I wish I didn't have lupus. I mean, I pretty much wish I didn't have this disease in general, but it's things like this church bulletin that make me really loathe the limitations.
"This year, via crucis will be performed by our fourth grade communion class. Please contact Sr. Mary******* at ***-**** ext. ** to find out what you can do to help. We're looking for seamstresses and craftsmen. Help us make this the best Lent performance ever. In lieu of labor, donations can be put in the common collection plate using the special envelope in your pew back. "
Ok. Wait, wait, wait...*giggles uncontrollably*...they're going to do the stations of the cross using nine and ten year old kids? Holy crap! For the non-ex-Catholic among us, the stations of the cross include the following scenes:
1. Christ is condemned to death
2. the cross is laid upon him;
3. His first fall;
4. He meets His Blessed Mother;
5. Simon is made to bear the cross;
6. Christ's face is wiped by Veronica;
7. His second fall;
8. He meets the women of Jerusalem;
9. His third fall;
10. He is stripped of His garments;
11. His crucifixion;
12. His death on the cross;
13. His body is taken down from the cross; and
laid in the tomb.
14. The Easter Bunny rolls back the rock and if he sees his shadow there's ten more days of....ooops, Sorry.
I would give good money to see how they manage to do 10-12 with children? My brain keeps referring me back to the nativity play days of CCD. While I always found it a bit raunchy to have children acting out the birth of Christ in a dirty manger, the real fun was in watching the whole debacle go horribly awry. This just has so many more possibilities for complete and total meltdown. I always thought the stations were gory enough when they were relegated to rendering in wood or metal or window glass. I say, if Precious Moments can't make it into a statue, then you probably shouldn't recruit ten year old children.