It takes great courage to back truth unacceptable to our times. There’s a punishment for it, and it’s usually crucifixion
- John Steinbeck
A few days ago I began responding to the common reactions I hear when a Roman-Rite Catholic visits an Eastern-Rite parish for the first time. Last time I covered numbers 1-10 and today I’m going to finish the list with numbers 11-20 for “Roman Catholics Say The Dardnest Things”:
11. “What are the circles on sticks being carried around?”
These are called “rapidia” (or “flabella”). They are carried by altar servers in the Gospel procession and again when the bread and wine are brought to the altar. On them are pictures of angels. Symbolically, they remind us that our earthly liturgy touches Heaven.
I saw the new Superman movie, Man of Steel, last night. As I drove into work today I got the idea for a few Catholic memes. SPOILER WARNING…
As I mentioned a few days ago, I have issued an open invitation to my friends to come with me to a Byzantine parish on Saturday, 29th June to celebrate the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (if you’d like to come, just let me know).
I have already written quite a bit about the byzantine tradition and about my first visit to this parish, but I thought I’d put together a couple of short posts identifying some of the liturgical differences which may be encountered by my Roman Rite friends while on their visit at the end of the month.
I’ll finish the list in a few days, but here are numbers 1-10 for Roman Catholics Say The Darndest Things:
1. “Why does the outside of the building look so weird?!”
Eastern and western churches have different architectural styles, so expect to see domes rather than a spire.
Today is the 77th anniversary of the death of G.K Chesterton (1874-1936). If you’d like to read some of this great man’s books, why not enter Brandon Vogt’s Chesterton Giveaway?
“To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.”
- G.K. Chesterton
I mentioned earlier about Fr. Donald Calloway’s recent events in the San Diego area.
In one of his talks on Blessed Mary he mentioned a car sticker he saw which read “Wise men still find Him with His mother”. One of my friends commented a few days later that she had tried to find this sticker online, but to no avail.
Thinking myself to be something of an Internet Ninja, I went looking for it, but also came up empty. Not wanting to be beaten by the Internet, I decided isntead to make it:
I had four of these stickers made, so I now have three to give away. If you would like to win one, simply leave a comment below with the name of a favourite speaker you’ve heard recently. Three names will be randomly selected next week and I’ll email the winners.
Quite some time ago I wrote about Coming Soon, a book by Dr. Michael Barber concerning the Book of Revelation (“Apocalypse”). I enjoyed Dr. Barber’s book a lot and I expressed how much I’d like to work through that book again in some kind of study group.
Well, nearly three years later, it has finally happened. Earlier this week I met up with a friend at a local Pub and we went through the first chapter of Coming Soon. I’ve affectionately dubbed our little group as “The Oratory of St. Arnoldus“
As we work through Dr. Barber’s book each week I will attempt to do a short post summarizing our discussion…