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The Liturgical Siesta

Here's how Andrea Tornielli begins his article on Pope Francis' style:

Francis’ alarm clock goes off at 4:45 every morning in room 201 in St. Martha’s House, when everything is still pitch black. Such an early start to the day means Francis has to have a siesta after lunch. Juan Perón called this time of rest an “almost liturgical must” which made it possible for him to fit “two mornings” into his day.

Decidedly a man after my own heart – Francis, not Juan.

The rest of Tornielli's interesting reflection, with quotes from Bianchi, Riccardi, and Scola, is here.

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Sext / siesta is a good time to pray / sleep.

Lovely article on Sext at Wiki:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sext

Unfortunately, I just returned from visiting my family in Iowa and attende 2 Sunday liturgies.  At both it was a race to see who was more "siesta-ing":  the presider (I use the term loosely) or the congregants.

It was absolutely depressing for someone who is used to full and active, lively and totally participative ... including the singing ... liturgies as the norm.