Black Friday In… The U.K.

England does not have Thanksgiving, but it has Black Friday. Actually, it has a lot of Black Friday sales starting before Black Friday. The name must have caught up among women as the very epitome of heroic shopping challenge.

In the meantime, Advent is about to begin. Most Englishmen would seriously struggle if asked to tell you what Advent is. But they would (men as well as women) expand without any difficulty if asked whether they got drunk at last year’s Christmas Party.

If they made a survey asking how many people know what Advent and Black Friday are, I would not be surprised if the second won big.

Today, in England, is Black Friday.

Truly, a good example of the bleak, factually post-Christian UK.


Posted on November 25, 2016, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I’m old enough to remember when England had one “sale” per year. Yea, it really falls for some of our more odious gimmicks–Black Friday and Adult Halloween.

  2. Black Friday might ideally be imagined as the darkest time before the dawn of Advent. This year might be one of those times.

  3. Their shepherd, television, doesn’t teach them about Advent.
    Holy Advent Mundabor.

  4. Here is another ‘amusing’ thing. Last Sunday was recognized by many people in the UK as Stir-Up Sunday. (Stir up thy power and come to save us, Lord! From the last Sunday of the Church year, & time to begin ‘stirring up’ the puddings and fruitcakes.) However, post-VII Catholics in the US don’t know what that is. They think last Sunday was the feast of Christ the King. Catholics in the UK know it from their protestant connections. Way to go, liturgical ‘experts’!

  5. Thanks to +Schneider, we have more important fish to fry today…
    (From the Francisphiles) one could read affirmations such as, for instance: the four Cardinals are witless, naive, schismatic, heretical, and even comparable to the Arian heretics. But, “We don’t make peace at the expense of the truth by making concessions in order to acquire the reputation of tolerance. We make peace by fighting legitimately according to the rules of the Holy Spirit. There is a danger to ally surreptitiously with unbelief under the beautiful name of peace.”

  6. John Vennari asks for prayers…

    John Vennari Scheduled for Surgery Saturday Morning
    Requesting Prayers

    This is a note to tell my friends that I have to go into surgery on Saturday morning, November 26.

    Cancer is a nasty beast, and it has caused an obstruction in the GI that must be addressed immediately. Immediately.

    As noted already, my case has been serious from the start, and this latest problem came to a head at the same time I returned from three weeks of cancer treatment in Mexico.

    I am presently not able to update my CFN webpage (I write this note from the hospital). I was blessed to receive the Sacrament of Extreme Unction this afternoon.

    Please feel free to forward and/or post this, along with the link below that provides background and info for those who wish to share prayerful and financial support.

    Thank you for all your prayers and support up until now. Please pray and ask others to pray, especially communities of religious and convents of nuns.

    Am I am a little afraid of surgery? Who wouldn’t be? But I place my trust in Our and Our Lady, and take heart from all the kindness and concern I’ve received. Your outpouring of love has been astounding.

    I may not be able to update for a few days.

    Thank you.

    John Vennari
    Editor, CFN

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