Understanding the Washing of the Feet

Pope in Dalmatic

One of the most striking traditions of Holy Week is the washing of the feet at Holy Thursday mass. Once again, we are reenacting something Christ himself commanded us to do, and the somewhat awkward and uncomfortable way the tradition is performed at many modern masses does nothing to undercut the potent symbolism of the [Read More...]

Mourning the Pierced One

longinus

The Book of Zechariah: Background Zechariah can be a difficult book at times, partly due to some obscure language, but also because there are two distinct textual traditions. Chapters 1-8 are the work of the prophet Zechariah himself, written before the inauguration of the Second Temple, possibly around the year 520BC. These initial chapters contain [Read More...]

Saturday Song – “O Sacred Head Now Wounded”

In anticipation of Passion Sunday, a cover of “O Sacred Head Now Wounded” by Selah. O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down, now scornfully surrounded with thorns, thine only crown: how pale thou art with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn! How does that visage languish which once was bright as [Read More...]

Mackerel Snapping in Modern America

Oddly enough, I don't see bellying up to a table full of this as a "penitential"

The Good Deacon finds a story about Lent and fish from my home state of South Jersey. (I’m working hard on the secession efforts from the rest of New Jersey, but neither side wants any town that might include the cast of Jersey Shore.) The premise of the article is that Lenten fish sales are [Read More...]

Practicing Self-Control Is Good

From the Department for Spending Lots of Grant Money to Learn the Bloody Obvious comes super-science wisdom! It turns out the people who have to practice self-control once in a while get really irritable and violent. However, people who practice self-denial over a steady period of time wind up with a much higher level of [Read More...]


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