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Sunday, April 02, 2006

a fine art

The Episcopal Church likes to say that we base our church business on Scripture, reason, and tradition.

Well, I'm not sure this is scriptural, but one time-honored Sunday afternoon tradition is the clergy nap.

You can actually take a nap, or you can just lie in a sort of semi-stupor watching sporting activities (the overachieving clergy napper might work in both). You might knit a bit, read a book, try and read the paper with the cat sprawled all over it.

Leave a comment if you have a particularly favorite way to indulge in a Sunday afternoon siesta.

13 Comments:

At 8:42 PM, Blogger Being Shielded said...

I'm no clergy, but usually have to be there for some reason or other, and work in the evenings. Sunday afternoons... stupor in front of the latest Netflix, cross-stitching, catching up on school work, housework (eww!), and sometimes a nap.

 
At 9:30 PM, Blogger Kay said...

For years now I love for Sundays to be my "no make-up day". That means get up when I want, putter around, nap, cook, read, do whatever I want as long as I don't have to put on makeup. That also means not going outside the front door. lol I guess this is more my ritual as opposed to the clergy ritual of a Sunday afternoon nap? lol

 
At 9:42 PM, Blogger Songbird said...

I like a movie and knitting, but that's because I'm a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad napper. I wake up feeling worse than ever. Today I watched "Must Love Dogs" and got much closer to finishing that darned clapotis, which I did not complete during the Olympics.
But I think the nap is pretty typical for clergy.

 
At 12:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like to lie in bed eating ice cream while watching TV. As the ice cream diminishes, drowsiness increases, until sleep comes as surely as Monday morning.

-- A Silly Priest in Baltimore

 
At 8:59 AM, Blogger Annie said...

I can sympathize with clergy! On Sunday mornings when I have to DO something, I am surely exhausted in the afternoon and I do very little. When I sit in the pew, the afternoon feels more normal.

Which reminds me, since you have cats--what do you do about the extra hair in your knitting?

 
At 9:41 AM, Blogger Susie said...

My favorite naptime is to come home after church (and meetings, usually) and turn on football. I'll watch the first quarter, most of the second, fall asleep, and wake up sometime around the end of the third quarter. Of course, this only works from September through December. The rest of the year is just flat-out napping.

 
At 11:13 AM, Blogger Lydia said...

I take the New York Times Magazine and Book Review and pretend I am going to read them in bed, having changed out of my church clothes so they don't get wrinkled) but really I know that before I get to the Ethicist I will have fallen asleep. I did not manage to do this yesterday, however, which, together with the lost hour of springing forward means that I am having a very slow day off and not doing most of the things I put off to do on my day off.

 
At 2:25 PM, Blogger Rhiannon said...

My personal favorite is the Easter nap. I'm exhausted after Easter vigil, sunrise service at some Methodist church with my best friend and a 50-mile round trip to deliver a corsage to my grandmother so she can go to church in style. I peel off my gloves, take off my hat, put on Alice in Wonderland on the DVD player and nap until it's time to go to the evening service.

 
At 4:47 PM, Anonymous Sally said...

I like to find a really old film on TV in the winter, or curl up and pretend I'm reading the sunday papers...in the summer I go in the back garden with a long cold drink sunglasses sun cream and a good book...I never really read the paper or the book cos I'm soon snoozing!

 
At 4:48 PM, Blogger Wayne said...

Im not sure what the deal is. Every day of the week goes by and I don't take a nap, can't stand to take a nap, as a matter of fact. On Sunday afternoon, I !have! to take a nap. If I don't I'm worthless for anything else. My dad was a minister of music and church education and he always had to haev one too, even if only for 30 minutes between meetings and services, so it's not just a senior pastr thing.

 
At 8:01 PM, Anonymous anita said...

Well, we go to church and sing in choir, then usually out to lunch, then to my tip-back chair(aka recliner) and read or knit till I doze off. If the tv is on, I'm usually watching FoodTV (which is counter-productive to trying not to snack). This is what I consider a very successful Sunday afternoon.

 
At 8:24 AM, Anonymous rebecca said...

I nap every day for half an hour. It's a power nap!

and I hate to watch sports on tv, I get upset when I go to my family's for some holiday and they turn on the tv and there's nothing to do because they are all sleeping in front of the game on the tube. And, they expect me to be interested in the game although I never have been.

Oh well, guess that's what knitting's for.

 
At 7:11 PM, Blogger jo(e) said...

Clearly, I could be clergy. I am VERY GOOD at napping.

 

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