The Dalmatic Is Dramatic. But Where Did It Come From?

Priests wear chasubles.  Deacons wear dalmatics.My own husband is a deacon, so I already know that.  An awful lot of Catholics don't know, though, how to tell the difference between the liturgical attire for a priest and a deacon.Here's a big hint:  Sleeves!The chasuble, the outer garment worn by a priest during Mass, does not have sleeves.  The deacon's dalmatic is a matching garment, in the same liturgical color, but it has wide sleeves.This has been on my mind since I read thi … [Read more...]

The Body and Blood of Christ. Really. Just Think of That!

The Feasts

I have been lost in a book this week--thoroughly enjoying Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Mike Aquilina's The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms Us as Catholics.As a participant on their blog tour, I was asked to write about the Solemnity of the Body and Blood--and I'm only too happy to share this book with you.  In fact, I've written about Corpus Christi often before.  The feast is celebrated around the world in so many ways.Here at Seasons of Grace, I've offered readers the opportunity each y … [Read more...]

Handshakes, High Fives, Hugs and Kisses: The Sign of Peace, What It Means and Why It Sometimes Doesn’t Work

At one church in our archdiocese, the Sign of Peace is offered enthusiastically. Clandestine handshakes give way to effluous hugs, cheeky kisses, whispered greetings. Worshippers reach out, grasping one another's hands during the Our Father. United in joy and praise, they raise their clasped hands high as they say, “For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever.” These faithful Catholics welcome the opportunity to celebrate their unity and enjoy the casual friendships that a … [Read more...]