Thursday, January 31, 2008

Weather Report: It's High Confiteor Season

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When I first moved to Minnesota (January 1996), I thought people talked a lot about the weather. Incessantly. To the absolute exclusion of anything else. In fact, other subjects of any existential depth whatsoever were nixed for the current wind chill, the comparison to yesterday's wind chill, much educated guessing about the iceout date (when the lakes see open water in the Spring, of course), yearly Blizzard comparisons, whatever. When I mentioned one time that I found it a little dismissive (as in, you're not important, but today's projected high sure is!), I was reminded with some force that weather kills you in this state. OK, hard to dispute. My individual existence is squat compared to humanity's efforts to survive the whims of the weather gods, interpreted through their priests: the local news meteorologists.

So I keep living in this state, trying to figure out how a person can be a Christian existentialist and survive both the weather and the talk of it. As I stepped outside to catch the bus (and you betcha, it was cold. -12 F and windy. I suppose the wind chill was about -250 or so), it came to me.

This is Confiteor weather.

I know there are people who prefer the Kyrie Eleison in Mass, and often skip the Confiteor. But something about the Confiteor (printed below, if you don't know what I'm talking about) fits in late January on this Midwestern glacier. My sin. Weather that can kill you. Walking to the bus stop as walking through the valley (or weather) of death. Desperate seeking for shelter and warmth. It's all connected somehow.

Personally, I don't think I can say the Confiteor enough. If this weather reminds me of that, well, that's a blessing. So as a Minnesota transplant, I can finally embrace winter. It's High Confiteor season.

Feel free to say it with me:

I confess to Almighty God,
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have sinned through my fault, through my fault, through my own greivious fault:
In my thoughts and in my words,
In what I have done,
and what I have failed to do.
And I ask Blessed Mary, ever Virgin,
all the angels and saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.




Ray from MN said...

"Confiteor weather!"


PraiseDivineMercy said...

Dear God. I was whining this morning because it was 40! I've never been anywhere colder than 25. "Weather that can kill you" indeed... I would be asking God for mercy too.

Kiwi Nomad 2008 said...

I would be asking God quite shamelessly to teleport me somewhere warmer.

invocante said...

The Confiteor does NOT replace the Kyrie in the standard text of the Novus Ordo rather it immediately proceeds it. In most Scottish and English parishes this is the norm at mass but it is permissible to have a trouped Kyrie which is a combined Confiteor and Kyrie and this seems to be popular in Ireland because they love to say their masses as quickly as possible there! And I presume this is what you do in the States too.

The Ironic Catholic said...

This is why I say over and over and over--I am no liturgist.

My understanding of the ordinary mass in the USA is that either the Kyrie or Confiteor may be used as part of a communal profession of sin and the need for mercy. Not both.

Shakespeare's Cobbler said...

Funny, I've thought I've often heard both. But then I've been stuck in parishes whose members might not be able to tell if you gave them the old form because so many elements of their Masses are so like it, so maybe they're breaking the "norm".

Confiteor weather... Actually, a pretty good idea. What's a "Christian existentialist" exactly, may I ask though?

truthfinder said...

Precisely why I DO NOT live in Minnesota. However, I usually like a little weather with my winter, so I live in Missouri, the "show me" state. So far this January, it has "shown" me that Minnesota weather is possible in Missouri.
Confiteor, indeed!

Ma Beck said...

It sure is, IC.
It sure is.

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

yep yeps, high mea culpa's as well :)