Jinxed in Church? 3 x a Charm!!
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|Mon, 01-26-2009 - 5:39pm|
OK, I meant to get on here and post this yesterday, but didn't have an opportunity. . .
I have no idea what it was with us and Mass yesterday, but we were a collective walking disaster from the time we entered the pew!!
First of all, during the reading of St Paul, Jenna put her feet up on the rack that holds the missalettes and music books. I guess the rack must have been loose, and it came undone on one end, dumping all the books. It was, effectively, broken. Now Jenna weighs about 35 pounds, and her legs aren't that strong, so I can only hope that she wasn't the one to actually break it and that it was already loose. She should know better than to put her feet up like that, but she is only 5, after all. Fortunately, my DH was able to hook it back in so it wasn't hanging, but we moved the books to another rack and notified the usher at the end of Mass as to what had happened so they can fix it.
Next, during the homily, my DH had a sneezing fit. He and I and Justin have all had colds, but he didn't just sneeze *once or twice*. He literally sneezed about 10 x in close succession, and let me tell you---my husband does NOT sneeze quietly!! LOL! I handed him a tissue from my purse, but that didn't help, and he finally excused himself until he stopped sneezing. In doing that, of course, he had to slide by everyone else down the line in the long pew, thus disturbing them. I have no idea if he had some kind of allergic reaction or what, but it doesn't matter. That many sneezes, during THE HOMILY, no less, is extremely disruptive! Thank goodness he excused himself! But I could feel many eyes on us just the same (Including the priests's. Although he kept right on talking).
Then the final straw came during the Collection. In our parish, the pews are so long, that round collection baskets are passed from hand-to-hand, and picked up at the end of the line by the person collecting. My kids like to take turns putting the envelope in the collection plate, and yesterday it was Matthew's turn. He was sitting to my right. We've never had an issue before, but yesterday he put the envelope in---thus holding the basket with his left hand---and as I grabbed the basket, he let go too soon, and the entire FULL basket crashed to the floor, envelopes and monetary bills flowing out under our pew and the pew in front of us. It took a moment for me, my DH and Matthew to gather everything up. Meanwhile, the person collecting the basket is waiting patiently at the end of the pew.
I walked out of church wondering what stroke of bad luck had hit us as we walked through the door. We were a regular circus act! And three different incidences, any of which could have been disruptive and humiliating on its own on any given Sunday!!
I guess it was three for the Trinity! Maybe we're blessed! :)