Finding faith: ‘Rally Sunday’, an important tradition worth celebrating – InForum
Just as the return to school for teachers and students serves as a touchstone in the school year, September also serves as a bookend for many religious communities.
This Sunday our church, along with many others, will host Rally Sunday, a celebration of the start of our parish year.
As our church will celebrate with a blessing of the Sunday School students’ backpacks, recognition of our teachers for their commitment, and a potluck dinner together after church, the Sunday of the rally of decades past called for many. more pageantry, even including parades! Kind of like how schools treat the start of fall school now.
It’s unfortunate that we lost such a tradition in the church, I think. But then again, the ebbs and flows of the entire liturgical calendar have lost their meaning for all but the most ardent worshipers. It saddens me.
For me, the church calendar is like a metronome, in a way, taking me in and out of seasons far more important than the weather seasons.
Gathering Sunday will move our church to Reformation Sunday, All Saints Sunday, and Christ the King Sunday, which will bring us to Advent, then to the time after Epiphany, then to Lent, then to Holy Week and Easter, after which comes Pentecost and much “ordinary time”. It is the liturgical year in short.
Notice that the religious calendar that our church follows is based on Protestantism. And many Christian denominations — and even local churches — will follow their own variations of the liturgical calendar. And let’s not forget that other religions have their own calendars, with their own holidays and celebrations!
But this diversity does not diminish my love for our particular church calendar. In fact, I believe that superimposing the calendars of the various religious traditions next to each other only deepens the beauty of such celebrations of faith!
If we consider the way we humans mark time, be it the Gregorian calendar or weather seasons, they are just constructs anyway, and neither is more meaningful than the other.
But for me, the liturgical calendar happens to be the way to measure the time that speaks to my soul. Much more than turning the calendar page!
Rally Sunday is so full of the Holy Spirit that I know I will feel the dynamism around me when our church comes together this weekend! As I stand in front of the lectern on Sunday, the hairs on my arms will stand on end, there will be a tingle up and down my spine and a smile a mile wide as I welcome our family back. faith for another church year!
Happy Rally Sunday – or your equivalent! – to all!