Some of what we hope to do through this blog is to celebrate the mundane – the ordinary and commonplace. Or at least to look for ways to be as intentional about the every-day as we are about special occassions and feasts. We got talking about the idea of finding beauty in the mundane or life and decided to try sharing a snapshot of some of the “mundane” of a Monday in each of our homes. Thus “Monday”nity was born. I’m still not sure quite how I feel about the pun but we’ll sit with it and see what happens. We’re in the liturgical season of Ordinary Time at present, the space between the celebration of Pentecost (the coming of the Holy Spirit) and the season of Advent (when we await the Christ-child and anticipate Christ’s return) so this may be a very fitting time to begin.
Interestingly when looking at definitions of mundane, I found numerous references to it as not only the lacking of interest or excitment, but as something earthly, or of this world rather than a heavenly or spiritual one. I never knew. Perhaps this is our attempt to find something sacred, something heavenly, in the ordinary and mundane of life.
Our chosen format of a triptych (from the Greek word for “three-fold”) has a long history of use in Christian art, becoming popular in the Middle Ages. Often the middle panel would be larger, as it is in our case today. Our inspiration in part for this format comes from this lovely blog of two ladies, on opposite sides of the U.S.A., who captured their Sundays for a year and shared them in diptych (two-fold) form. Their project has continued well beyond a year now.
We hope to make “Monday”nity Triptychs a regular part of our sharing here at the Seasoned Table. Photos in order are by Sarah Chestnut, Sarah Prins-Hankinson and myself, Sharolyn on the end.