Not coining a phrase here at all.
Too many Newman Center services to blame, perhaps? Or too influenced by JPII's low-church pontificate, made all too clear with that of his successor?
It's many things, I'm sure: I've long dropped the genuflecting, the holy water font, that little gesture before the Gospel is read, the sign of the cross before and after private prayer.
And no ashes today:
Even now, says the LORD,On the way out, I overheard a woman say to no one in particular, "Hey, you wanna pray the rosary?" That's a thought; I had mine on me.
return to me with your whole heart,
with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;
Rend your hearts, not your garments,
and return to the LORD, your God.
For gracious and merciful is he,
slow to anger, rich in kindness,
and relenting in punishment.
Perhaps he will again relent
and leave behind him a blessing,
Offerings and libations
for the LORD, your God.
Blow the trumpet in Zion!
proclaim a fast,
call an assembly;
Gather the people,
notify the congregation;
Assemble the elders,
gather the children
and the infants at the breast;
Let the bridegroom quit his room
and the bride her chamber.
Between the porch and the altar
let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep,
And say, "Spare, O LORD, your people,
and make not your heritage a reproach,
with the nations ruling over them!
Why should they say among the peoples,
'Where is their God?'"
Then the LORD was stirred to concern for his land
and took pity on his people.
But ... the Glorious Mysteries ... on Ash Wednesday?!
This is how I learned them ... a simplified version? Or is it merely ultra-traditionalism that advocates the Sorrowful Mysteries from Ash Wednesday to Easter? I'd say there's latitude but, if one doesn't pray all 15 (20?!) today, the sorrowful ones might be most appropriate.