--J.R.R. Tolkien on the Eucharist
--J.R.R. Tolkien on the Eucharist
– St. Francis of Assisi
Pope Benedict XVI celebrated parts of Sunday's Mass with his face looked up the East and the Cross and his back turned on the congregation, re-introducing an old ritual that had not been used in decades.
The Pope used the Sistine Chapel's ancient altar set right against the wall under Michelangelo's dramatic depiction of the Last Judgment, instead of the altar placed on a mobile platform that allowed his predecessor John Paul II to face the faithful.
A statement by the Vatican's office for liturgical celebrations said it had been decided to use the old altar, where ballots are placed during papal elections, to respect "the beauty and the harmony of this architectonic jewel."
That meant that for the first time in this kind of celebration since the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), the Pope turned his back on the faithful and faced the East and the Cross. He also read his homily from an old wooden throne on the left of the altar used by Pius IX in the 19th century.
The Pontiff is slowly reintroducing some of the old rituals phased out after Vatican II, which substituted Latin for local languages, modernized the Church and encouraged inter-religious dialogue.
In July, the Pope issued a decree allowing wider use of the old Latin Mass, in what was regarded as a nod to Church traditionalists. He has also said he would like the centuries-old Gregorian chant to make a comeback.
During Sunday's mass commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ, which was celebrated in Italian, the Pope baptized 13 babies, carefully pouring water on their heads from a golden shell.
He spoke about the significance of baptism, which marks the admission of a person in the community of Christians.
- St. Alphonsus Ligouri
Die Messe von der Kollekte ab. Laterculus 69
[Ed. Hauler, Didascaliae apostolorum fragm. Veron. Lat. Fasc. I. Lipsiae 1900, 106, Messe nach der Weihe des Bischofs].
„Ist er zum Bischof geweiht, dann begrüßen ihn alle mit dem Friedenskuß, weil er dessen würdig wurde.“
It’s wrong, and kills a life, not given a chance to survive.
Pro-choice: it’s your own decision, my parents don’t even have to know, I screwed up, but don’t want to pay the price… so we’ll destroy the evidence… it’s not a life, it’s just a blob of cells, it doesn’t mean anything.
I am Pro-life, and proud to be.
Decisions, decisions… you play, you pay for it. That “blob of cells”, if given the chance, could have been one of America’s greatest leaders, the next Nashville Star, the scientist that discovered the long-awaited cure for cancer…but…
It’s just a blob of cells, so we’ll flush it out of my body and down the toilet like a lifeless tissue paper.
You destroyed my dreams
Made me feel worthless and scared
I felt trapped for the longest time, like I’d never be set free.
Everywhere I turned was a trap door with no knob.
Even after you died, I was still trapped inside the negativity zone that you had created for me.
New friends helped, and made me see…
But you still kept haunting me.
I met Jesse; the love of my life… but that was a short-lived relationship because the Lord took him away.
Sue is my best friend, she cares for me a lot, and helps me push past the negative barriers you put up around me.
You thought you had done me over, had me ruined… and you did.
Then I recruited a new army of friends, and now Sue and I are destined to conquer over this battle, and claim Victorious over your stupidity and jealousy.
WE WILL PREVAIL!
Confusing, depressing, life-changing
Guns, pills, knives, blood
Helpful, friendly, loving
Friends, spiritual, caring, music
Will soon be gone
The summer sun came down
Sunlight, swimming and fun
I see the world,
Through the eyes of a friend
Laughter, music, singing and fun
My name is Mandy and i am new to your community. I have a very deep devotion to the Holy Eucharist and spend many hours in my parish's Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel. I have the 3-4PM hour on Sunday's and the 4-5PM on Thursdays, and am the hour captain for the 3-4PM and 8-9PM hours, which means that if someone that has that hour cannot make it i either have to fill in for them or find them a replacement using the sub sheet. I love our Lord and the Eucharistic sacrifice he made for us, very dearly.
– St. Narcissus