Thursday, July 10, 2008

Since We've Been Talking About the Pastoral Provision...

In light of today's postings regarding the foreboding clouds on the Anglican horizon, I thought our readers might enjoy something more eirenic in character coming from the Anglicans who have already swum the Tiber and returned to the lap of Mother Rome. I refer specifically to the good parishioners of the flagship Pastoral Provision church of Our Lady of the Atonement in San Antonio, Texas, who recently inaugurated an outdoor shrine on the parish grounds during this year's splendid Corpus Christi procession. The first photo shows Benediction occurring within the main church, through the arches of the rood screen.

In other news, five nuns of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration (Mother Angelica's order) will be taking up residence at the parish to form their own monastery.

Two recent photos from other liturgies, one for Divine Mercy Sunday, and the other possibly the solemnity of SS. Peter and Paul by the red vestments, are also particularly striking. The number of concelebrants in the latter appears to be unusual for this parish's masses, where two deacons and a priest seems to be the norm for Sunday high mass, as seen in the former photo; both are nonetheless handled well rubrically. Note, in the second photo, the servers bowing low, which occurs, according to local parish custom, when the Words of Institution are spoken. The simple but well-cut and strategically-ornamented vestments are also worthy of comment.

These, and many more photos can be found at the website of Our Lady of the Atonement, which is definitely worth your time.

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