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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Unholy Rodent Worshipping Day

Groundhog Day is nearly over, and we have survived another unholiday. I like the foolishness of the observance, but I find the Punxatawney Phil celebrity bit wearying. The market has no shame. Rampant commercialization of superstition.


The truly observant Groundhog Day celebrant can sing Groundhog Day hymns , although I cannot determine at which point in the liturgy they belong. Perhaps there exists somewhere a Groundhog Day Haggadah.

Hark! The Herald Groundhog Speaks
Tune = Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
© 1999 by Don Halley

Hark! the herald groundhog speaks
Spring will come in six more weeks
He's unearthed for us today
Gathered round to hear him say
Just this morning he did rise
Wiped the sleep out of his eyes
Then he looked for his shadow
Found it at his feet below
Hark! the herald groundhog speaks
Spring will come in six more weeks




On the other hand, I find it curious that the religious conservatives don't rise up in righteousness against the whole concept of a rodent whose conduct can alter the natural order.

Instead of watching the State of the Union address tonight (and risking serious brain and liver damage by participating in this drinking game), I think I'll try to find the passage in the Bible that allows us to observe theis blessed day.