Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Meme Mutation !

Back in July, I was a little out of inspiration, and I decided to start a meme asking for people's favourite prayers. The Church is universal, and so is the blogosphere, and what with the mix of reverts, converts and cradle Catholics who blog, I was sure that there would be a few interesting prayers brought to light.

I had deliberately excluded the Mass and other Liturgy, as we all know how much everyone wants to get the right answer, and, of course, the Mass is the greatest prayer, etc. etc. That being excluded, it left people free to explore other prayers.

I use Google Reader to keep my finger on the blogging pulse, and I was surprised (and delighted) to see how popular the meme became... and it brought a few new blogs to my attention as well!

Within ten days, someone who hadn't been paying attention tagged me for the meme...

Now it's moved on. I saw that there was a Favourite Devotions meme, (only this has five favourite devotions), doing the rounds. I wondered if this was a case of Chinese Whispers, and so I did a bit of sleuthing...

Sure enough, Anne, (Imprisoned in my Bones) has 5 devotions, and no rules. She was tagged by NC Sue (In Him we live and move and have our being) who was tagged by Cathy (A bit of the Blarney) who was tagged by Esther G (A Catholic Mom in Hawaii.)

Now Esther noticed that the Mass wasn't allowed - so top marks for paying attention.

Esther was tagged by Matt (I think) of Big C Catholics, who didn't post any rules, so Esther really gets a gold star for doing her homework. Matt was tagged by Jeff, the Curt Jester who, in addition to not posting any reasons for his favourite prayers, complained about the term "meme" !

Jeff was tagged by Julie D (Happy Catholic), who in turn was tagged by the Ironic Catholic - who called it a Dog Day Summer Meme. So disrespectful!

Ironic Catholic was tagged by Mary O'Regan (The Path Less Taken), but Mary actually had the correct rules published AND limited herself to THREE devotions... and although she was tagged by someone else, she mentioned that I started it all (or maybe she was blaming me!)

So it's Ironic Catholic who gets 100 lines and a half-hour detention for mutating my meme...

Just in case anyone is interested, Mary was tagged by Kate (At Home In My Father's House), who was tagged by Fr. John Boyle (Caritas in Veritate) who complained, Scrooge-like, that he didn't do memes, and then promptly went and gave five prayers instead of three, so that's another detention. Fr. John was tagged by Karen (Gem of the Ocean), who was tagged by Dominic Mary (Libera Me) who was tagged by me.

Of course, it's still whizzing about out there, as each person tagged was asked to tag five others, so, if you've completed the meme and haven't been mentioned, feel free to give a link to your post in the com-box!

7 comments:

Esther G. said...

Oh wow!! This is so interesting. I love it!

Elizabeth said...

Haven't been tagged...
bad at linking, etc...
BUT I HAVE been reading a lot of responses!
Pax Christi!

Anne said...

This is hilarious! You are an incredible sleuth! Here's what is most funny of all to me, I would not have traced the five devotions to the three favorite prayers-I thought they were separate MEME's. I had already done the three favorite prayers a while back, in which I did post the rules and link back to you as the original source.

You got me good! And boy, the chinese whisper game (I know it as "telephone") works whether spoken or written! Who knew?

Fr John Abberton said...

"Put the blame on meme" (sorry)
I did it right.

GrandmaK said...

Had no idea it could be mutated!!!But it was! Cathy

Anita Moore said...

Well, I didn't participate in the meme, but, by your leave (and even though this isn't quite the point of the post) I'll put in my spoke right now for my five favorites (not necessarily in order):

1. The Rosary.

2. The St. Michael prayer. We probably need to say that once every ten minutes.

3. Eternal rest grant unto them. I say this every time I pass a cemetery.

4. The Salve Regina, Dominican chant version.

5. Last, but not least: Eucharistic adoration. I am fortunate to have no less than THREE parishes in my area that have perpetual adoration. This is Jesus taking a personal hand in a diocese that has suffered from spoliation and neglect for many years.

The Ironic Catholic said...

Catholics don't mutate--we develop. ;)

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