Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Church Street in Bloom

Naugatuck, Connecticut

Early Spring each year the main commercial/retail street in Naugatuck explodes with a frenzy of white blossoming Bradford Pear trees.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

St. Anne's church, Good Friday Stations of the Cross procession, 4/15/22, full set

Waterbury, Connecticut

Friday I went to several places in the Naugatuck River Valley looking for pictures of the early spring flowering trees. Leaving my car in a Waterbury strip mall and heading for a long block of South Main Street where I knew there was a decorative row of pink flowering trees, I found something far more interesting. A Good Friday, Stations of the Cross procession, described in yesterday's post. As I expected yesterday, I've found some more pictures of the activities that I think are worth showing.

Click on any of the pictures to see them all with much more detail and information.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Stations of the Cross Procession on South Main Street 4/15/22


Waterbury, Connecticut

I'd spent the early afternoon yesterday seeing if I could get some interesting pictures from the early spring flowering trees in Naugatuck, then moved up to Waterbury. After I'd left my car in a strip mall, walking a bit east, I heard strange amplified music or voices, and turning a corner saw rotating blue cop car lights at the block away intersection, stopping traffic exiting the highway. I walked faster that way. After a bit, I realized that hundreds of people were walking down the right side of South Main Street. Near the front of the column, a pickup truck had enormous five foot tall speakers in the bed, deafeningly projecting the procession's readers of the ritual words for each of the Roman Catholic Stations of the Cross liturgy. Each station was determined, as far as I could see, by an abstract interval of progress down the city street. Each station recitation, in whichever language, was followed with call and response from the crowd for the major prayers, the Hail Mary and the Our Father (known to Protestants as The Lord's Prayer). All of this, all heading for the enormous church of St. Anne's, alternated between Spanish and English. It made me think that I might be the only one there who didn't understand both.

I followed the crowd into the the large church, and might have more pictures.

Monday, April 11, 2022

Storm Coming In

Waterbury, Connecticut 

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