lördag 22 mars 2008

Good Friday church



In Catholic churches there are normally lots of flowers and candlesticks, and the altar is covered with a cloth and other decorations. But not on Good Friday or on Easter Saturday before the vigil service. Then everything is removed and the church is bare, like this, the altar having been stripped after Mass in the evening on Maundy Thursday. It is differences that create meanings. The liturgy is a highly sophisticated semiotic system. Our parish priest has got the measure of it and so, following the example of the Pope, is reintroducing practices which have long been abandoned.

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