Bank Holiday Week-End

To some, it is an invention of the devil, forcing families to endure three days of close proximity; to others, it is a boon, allowing more time for hobbies and pastimes normally crammed into a few short hours; few now remember how the bank holiday originated, or how recent is the idea of relaxation and leisure in our Post-Industrial-Revolution world. It is something our medieval forebears understood much better. The original holiday was a holy day and appeared at different times throughout the year, tracing not only a secular rhythm but a spiritual one as well. The holy day was a holiday because it meant laying aside the usual preoccupations and tasks and revelling in the goodness of God. It is worth remembering that on the feast of St Bank. Maybe Monday should not be spent on household chores or finishing the redecoration of the back bedroom but doing something that will expand mind and spirit. Even doing nothing has much to commend it. For it seems to be only when we cease our noisy chatter and our endless doing that God can begin to get a word in edgeways.

Note for the bored: this is the 900th post on iBenedictines and was written to the sound of the cuckoo calling from beside the Worm Brook.

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4 thoughts on “Bank Holiday Week-End”

  1. In a country where all holidays are local the English Bank Holiday is a mystery …
    So the number of posts and the cuckoo was the uplifting joyful part of the post.

    Hope all is going well with the trips to Oxford

  2. I have often thought about the meaning of the word ‘recreation’since it breaks down into the component parts Re- Creation. The notion that we are made again.
    Having a holiday allows for physical and spiritual renewal and is an important element of physical and spiritual well being. Those who neglect it do so at their peril 🙂
    Here’s hoping you enjoy a stressless bank holiday and a season of physical refreshment and spiritual renewal >

  3. My bank holiday has been made by hearing the cuckoo after the rain, looking anew at the wonder of Creation in the joy if a rain-soaked garden. Thank you Sister for drawing my attention to the beauties of nature. Wishing you well.

  4. I like traditions for holidays, even bank holidays. For the late May one we always go to the county agricultural show – my husband’s birthday treat, as it falls close to his birthday. It will be especial fun this year as our daughter is now 21 months old and will be able to take an interest.

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