Monday, May 31, 2010

Passiontide practices

Sometimes different than you remember!

The part that I find funny in all of this is that when you inform people of these things (and it doesn't match with their childhood memories of Holy Week) they immediately inquire if this is something "new" or recently enacted by "the American bishops" (as though we aren't subject to the Conference of Bishops of our own country). Well, no, actually. Pope Pius XII got the ball rolling on changing the face of Holy Week when he issued "De Solemni Vigilia Paschali Instauranda" in 1951. That's right...1951.

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