måndag 17 mars 2008

Tradition returns



Our parish priest has followed the example of Rome and is reinstating traditional practices in the liturgy, beginning with regular confession - he encourages people NOT to take communion unless they are in a state of grace and makes himself freely available for confession.

This year, for the first time probably since the 1960s, the processional cross was decorated with greenery and (below) the ugly altar now has a frontal in the correct liturgical colour and for Holy Week is veiled in purple. An other innovation is to spread the candlesticks across the altar instead of bunching them up at each end, to direct attention away from the priest, pending a reordering which will make it easier for Mass to be celebrated with priest and people all facing in the same direction.

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