This has bugged me ever since the ELCA decided on it's own to change up the calendar and move all the feast days away from Sunday to a Monday. It started a big old discussion on the ELCA facebook page when they innocently enough declared Monday was the Commemoration of St. Mark and I and others responded..."Um...no it's not- that was yesterday"
I hate to be on a pick on the ELCA kick and God knows the stuffy legalise cover your ass way they are responding to the injustice of the Augsburg Fortress pension scandal is more serious than what day you decide to commemorate a saint...but still ...
The response I got from whomever runs the facebook says "well you aren't supposed to do the feast day on a Sunday in Easter anyway. ??? But I always write something about the commemoration and I figure more people will know about it on a Sunday than a Monday. What ELCA churches had special worship services yesterday to commemorate Mark?
And besides they also did it with commemorations in the Green season which I just think is very sad. It's good to break up the long seasons after Pentecost and to hear some bible stories you don't hear in the regular lectionary and to pay some attention to some bible folks you might not think about otherwise - especially women like Mary Magdalene. And it just seems like going to wrong direction to decide not going to join our Christian brothers and sisters who commemorate the person on that day and do our own thing. We need MORE unity, not less. Do we really want a commemoration to be yet ANOTHER thing that divides us --even if only by a day?
Of course not all churches took advantage of the option to celebrate feast days. A lot of the churches I served did until I came around. I'm a bit of a history buff so I'm into that sort of thing. Sometimes I'd even break the rules like this Lent I preached on Perpetua and Felicity. Broke two rules - In the Lutheran church only saints from the bible are supposed to supercede the day of the year and only in Green seasons, certainly not Lent. Oh well.