MusingMuso Posted April 9, 2006 Share Posted April 9, 2006 There are so many excellent stories of mayhem, disaster, pithy asides and classic double entendres among organists, I thought this would make a good light-hearted topic in the midst of EU troubles. As today is Palm Sunday, I think I will set the ball rolling with a delightful true story concerning Palm Sunday. There was an old Irish priest in my locale, and getting on in years and a little deaf, he tended to shout at people, his dog and his worshippers. Sometimes, he would get rather fraustrated and begin to sound quite angry; especially if he wanted to make a point or couldn't remember what it was that he wanted to say. The fact that he was Irish and of the old-school, makes this particular story all the more amusing; though I cannot think why. One of the traditions in the Roman Catholic church is the giving of palms on Palm Sunday, and as usual, the palms were distributed at the commencement of morning mass as the first hymn was sung. The mass proceeded without hitch, and even the very long gospel reading was read perfectly. However, as is often the case in catholic churches, there would be various announcements made immediately prior to the final blessing; in those days, always in Latin. Our man staggered to his feet to announce things and give the blessing, and after "parish business" was concluded,this is what he said:- "Now this mornin', as yer's all awares, we've b'in celebratin' Palm Sunday, and t'is is why we've given yers all palms. 'cos that's what we do on Palm Sunday. Now as yer is all aware, we're only a small parish, and t'ese t'ings cost a lot of muney, and we can't afford to just give t'ings away for free. So we're goin' to have a second-collection t'is morning' to cover the cost of t'ese palms, 'cos I dont's want yers t'inkin dat t'ese t'ings grow on trees!" MM Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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