Sunday, November 02, 2008

Slowly the Pendulum Swings

I'm doing the Catholic nerd dance today. Photobucket

Our priest brought out the BLACK vestments for All Souls'!!

Apparently, two parishes in New Jersey merged and our order was offered an extra set of black vestments. The black really focused things on what we were commemorating today--those who have died and whose souls we continue to remember and pray for.

Black, along with violet and also white can be used for funeral Masses, Good Friday and All Souls' Day in the Church.

Oh, and the new pastor is asking us to gradually introduce Latin in our music for the MassPhotobucket. Starting in Advent, we will begin singing the Kyrie and the Sanctus, and then add the Agnus Dei during Lent and possibly the Gloria during Easter.

All we need now is some incense, some nice pictorial stained glass, and bigger statues. Photobucket

One step at a time.


Marilena said...

wonderful news!

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

It is, Marilena! I thought you would appreciate this post!

Angie said...

Yay! That's fantastic!
We had a Confirmation Mass that was also celebrating All Souls'; the Bishop and deacons wore black vestments that have been used in the diocese for almost 100 years. I didn't know black was ever used! (7-month Catholic convert)

I am hoping more women of our parish will start wearing the veil. We do use some Latin and sometimes incense in Mass, but not always.

Marilena said...

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Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

Angie, the woman who read the readings today had on a black dress and black mantilla. It went very well with Fr.'s black vestments.

Marilena--You are a very prolific blogger!

Marilena said...

changed it to the Catholic Cook:)

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

Oh, cool! Appropriate name!

Cygnus said...

I was hoping against hope that our pastor would wear black today; I don't think I've EVER seen any priest say a Mass in black!

Heck, they wear black much of the rest of the time! :-)

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

Good point, Cyg! The only time I've ever seen black vestments on a priest, it was an Episcopal priest!

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