Saturday 20 January 2018

Mary Kenny: The loss of our traditional Holy Week is a victory for consumerism

There will be a little bit of religion in the public square this coming week but it won't be too taxing – a TV religious service, say, on Holy Thursday – and anyone who wants to ignore what is traditionally called Holy Week can quite easily do so.

The National Lottery will take place, as usual, on Good Friday ("this week's big money draw!") and Gaybo will present the funniest moments from 'The Late Late Show' over the years. Calvary, it might be said, can go hang.

Maybe this is a positive development: or at least, maybe it's better than Holy Week in times gone by when all of Ireland went into not just collective, but enforced, sackcloth and ashes for the week that was in it – being the culmination of Lent.

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