Wednesday, August 03, 2005

News from North

This is something you don't usually want to see associated with a Mass:

Dancers were dressed in red and blue berets and bounced and kicked their way through a dance called the Kontrapaz de San Miguel to the steady beat of a tambora, which is similar to a tom drum, before entering the cathedral — hats in hand.

OK, you think, traditional practice, not so bad. But check this out.

At Mass on Saturday night, the O–ati Dancers of Boise offered three religious dances — dating back 400 years — in honor of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the patron saint of the Basques. The Banako is performed on the altar in reverence, honor and thanks as part of the Mass and eucharistic celebration. Jaialdi is always the last weekend in July to coincide with the saint's feast day.

I donno about that one . . . I like to keep the altar under armed guard, thank you very much.

Thanks to Andrew for the heads up.

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