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Reflections for Wednesday in Holy Week: The Crowning of Thorns
DailyCatholic.com ^ | 03/23/05 | Jacob Michael

Posted on 03/23/2005 7:40:28 PM PST by murphE


Wednesday in Holy Week
March 23, 2005
vol 16, no. 82

Five Days of Sorrow: Third Sorrowful Mystery

Reflections for Wednesday in Holy Week: The Crowning of Thorns

"Behold (ecce), then, the man (homo) standing before you, in royal robes and with a thorny crown. He is your king, and you are called to imitate His life and His death, so that you may also imitate His resurrection and share in His glory. Do not be ashamed of the thorns, for they will soon be burned away by fire, and only gold will remain. Consider also St. Paul, who asked that the thorn be removed from his side, for Our Lord gave him the answer that He gives to us when we seek to avoid suffering: 'My grace is sufficient for thee: for power is made perfect in infirmity' (2 Cor. 12:9). So let it be for us."

   Our Lord, having been scourged so mercilessly that the Prophet Isaias was compelled to say (in some modern translations) "many were astonished at Him, His appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance" (Is. 52:14, RSV), is now led by His tormenters to be tortured yet further. We read in the Gospels that the soldiers, insatiable in their lust for blood, wove a crown of thorns together and embedded it into Our Lord's sacred skull.

   Not only this, but they also then dressed Him in a purple garment (which no doubt caused many sharp pains on the freshly scourged and torn skin), and proceeded to beat Him with the reed. As if the sharp thorns piercing into His skull and brow did not cause enough pain, His tormenters saw the need to strike Him on the crown with a stick, thus driving the thorns in deeper and deeper. It is a wonder Our Lord survived this - most men would have died from the blood loss, or at least gone into shock.

   We have been borrowing from the medical expertise of Dr. Barbet (as recorded in his marvelous work, A Doctor at Calvary), and we turn to him again now for a description of the crowning:

   Contrary to our more prevalent forms of art (sculptures and paintings) which depict the crown of thorns as a sort of head-band that only encircled the brow of Our Lord, Dr. Barbet indicates that it was actually a kind of thorny helmet which would have covered the entire scalp and brow. This should fill us with still more pity for Our Lord, knowing the suffering He endured!

Dr. Barbet continues his description:

   This brings to mind an experience I had as a young child of about 9 or 10. I was climbing on the top of my new bunk bed, and accidentally fell off, cracking the back of my head against the corner of the bedroom door. Dr. Barbet is not exaggerating when he says the scalp "bleeds very easily and very vigorously!"

   Barbet continues with a description of how the thorny crown would have added an extra dimension of suffering during the actual crucifixion:

   After the cruel crowning, the beatings on Our Lord's head, and the spitting on His sacred face amidst much mocking, Our Lord was brought before Pilate once more. It is here, in showing Our Lord's broken, beaten, radically marred face and body to the blood-thirsty crowd, that Pontius Pilate proclaims his famous words: "Ecce homo!"

   The words of Pilate ring in our ears, calling us to open our eyes and "look upon [Him], Whom they have pierced," and to "mourn for Him as one mourneth for an only son ... as the manner is to grieve for the death of the firstborn" (Zach. 12:10). Behold the man, behold your king! His appearance is like a king's, in that He is dressed in royal purple, and He wears a king's crown, yet this is a mock kingship. He is already bruised and bleeding, with the thorns piercing His head. Can this be our king?

   Yes, for the Son of God will reverse all of the curses of sin, including "cursed is the earth in thy work: with labour and toil shalt thou eat thereof all the days of thy life. Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee" (Gen. 3:18-19). The curse of sweat has been reversed by the Son's agony in the Garden, and now, the curse of thorns is also redeemed by a bloody crown of thorns. Do you see the determination of Our Lord to destroy sin at it's very roots?

   Must we follow in His footsteps even in this suffering, as we did with the scourging? Yes, we must, for at the final day of judgment, we will trade our crown of thorns for real crowns - but pity the one who has no thorn of crowns to offer, for no Heavenly crown will be given to him. If we bear the thorns now, we will surely be rewarded with many crowns in Heaven, as the Holy Apostles and the Lord Himself have said: "And every one that striveth for the mastery refraineth himself from all things. And they indeed that they may receive a corruptible crown: but we an incorruptible one" (1 Cor. 9:25), "there is laid up for me a crown of justice which the Lord the just judge will render to me in that day: and not only to me, but to them also that love his coming" (2 Tim. 4:8), "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for, when he hath been proved, he shall receive the crown of life which God hath promised to them that love him" (Jas. 1:12), "And when the prince of pastors shall appear, you shall receive a never fading crown of glory" (1 Pet. 5:4), and finally, "Be thou faithful unto death: and I will give thee the crown of life" (Apoc. 2:10).

  

See all the many crowns that are waiting for the faithful members of Christ's Body, crowns of righteousness, life, and glory! Did not Our Lord receive a crown upon His ascension? (Apoc. 14:14) And did not Our Lady receive a crown upon her entrance into the Heavenly kingdom? (Apoc. 12:1) Then carry on in your work, and be patient in your suffering, knowing that as surely as God was faithful to His Son and to the Blessed Mother, so will He do with you, and reward your good deeds (Apoc. 14:13; Heb. 6:10; Eph. 6:8; Col. 3:24; Apoc. 22:12).

   Behold (ecce), then, the man (homo) standing before you, in royal robes and with a thorny crown. He is your king, and you are called to imitate His life and His death, so that you may also imitate His resurrection and share in His glory. Do not be ashamed of the thorns, for they will soon be burned away by fire, and only gold will remain. Consider also St. Paul, who asked that the thorn be removed from his side, for Our Lord gave him the answer that He gives to us when we seek to avoid suffering: "My grace is sufficient for thee: for power is made perfect in infirmity" (2 Cor. 12:9). So let it be for us.

   We end this meditation then, by seeing Our Lord dragged off to His crucifixion. Let us linger here for a moment (we will follow Him very soon), stooping to pick a broken and blood-stained thorn from the ground. It was broken off and fell to the ground while the soldiers were beating His head with the reed ... kiss it devoutly, and pray:



TOPICS: Catholic; Prayer
KEYWORDS: catholiclist; holyweek; isaiah24fiveandsix; lent; passion; sorrowfulmysteries

1 posted on 03/23/2005 7:40:29 PM PST by murphE
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To: Gerard.P; Canticle_of_Deborah; Robert Drobot; AAABEST; ultima ratio; rogator; latinmass1983; ...
ping
2 posted on 03/23/2005 7:45:34 PM PST by murphE (Each of the SSPX priests seems like a single facet on the gem that is the alter Christus. -Gerard. P)
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To: murphE
Do not be ashamed of the thorns, for they will soon be burned away by fire, and only gold will remain.

bump

3 posted on 03/23/2005 7:50:52 PM PST by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: murphE
Five Days of Sorrow: Praying the Sorrowful Mysteries

Reflections for Monday in Holy Week: His Agony in the Garden

Reflections for Tuesday in Holy Week: The Scourging at the Pillar

Reflections for Wednesday in Holy Week: The Crowning of Thorns

4 posted on 03/23/2005 8:04:26 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: murphE

Reading the first few paragraphs I'm struck by how the Passion is being played out in our world during Holy Week. The government Pontius Pilates washing their hands of the blood of an innocent Terri Schindler, the bloodthirsty crowds(some on FR who claim to be Christians) demanding her death, and the bystanders who try to comfort her with a towel or a drink to ease her suffering.

This isn't good murph. It isn't good at all.


5 posted on 03/23/2005 8:04:39 PM PST by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: murphE

Thank you, these are beautiful.


6 posted on 03/23/2005 8:05:00 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah

Agree with you all the way. What is happening to Terri, I'm afraid is just a foretaste of persecutions and deaths that are to come.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.


7 posted on 03/23/2005 8:07:00 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah

I agree with you too. And if they think the hurricane season was bad last year in Florida...


8 posted on 03/23/2005 8:13:01 PM PST by murphE (Each of the SSPX priests seems like a single facet on the gem that is the alter Christus. -Gerard. P)
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To: Salvation
I can't take any credit, all I did was post it. Thank the author Jacob Michael:

Lumen Gentleman Apologetics

9 posted on 03/23/2005 8:17:16 PM PST by murphE (Each of the SSPX priests seems like a single facet on the gem that is the alter Christus. -Gerard. P)
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To: murphE

**And if they think the hurricane season was bad last year in Florida...**

LOL!


10 posted on 03/23/2005 8:22:31 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah
Yeah, it wouldn't be too unamazing if she didn't actually die on Good Friday.

There's a couple unpopular things I'm wondering, though.

How many situations go unnoticed because they aren't picked up by the media, and consequently, how many souls go un-prayed for. As much limelight as the case may deserve, how many predicaments are people in all around the globe from minute to minute which have as much intrinsic urgency as this?

My hope is slightly different than others, perhaps. Looking to the fact that she doesn't seem likely to get out of this alive, I'm hoping that she has the grace to suffer well. I'm hoping that that suffering, in turn, in union with Christ's, would be effecacious for other souls. I'm hoping that with whatever awareness she has in her, that she lay down herself for her others and for their salvation.

It's a very different war than the casual observers witness, really. The real war will always be for the salvation of souls, and the real sufferings are always ordered to that end, in immitation of Christ. As heinous a crime as what she is being forced to endure, that crime could be quite lucrative if she is well disposed towards the grace to suffer well.

Maybe we should pray for that... that she knowingly and willingly suffers well and perseveres.

After all, most everyone flees from the Cross, but, at the same time, the Cross is necessary, and if they ultimately are to follow Christ, the Cross will revisit them before the end. Each one who will be successful, who will triumph, will not avoid it, ultimately. St. John didn't have a Cross like others because he'd handled his in advance, standing with Christ to the end. The other apostles who fled... they all got their Cross in the end, which was a Mercy forced upon them.

No one who makes it can avoid it though, ultimately.

I pray she suffers well, and that souls are converted as a result. In the ultimate economy, she'll corner the market.

11 posted on 03/23/2005 8:27:16 PM PST by pascendi (Quicumque vult salvus esse, ante omnia opus est, ut teneat catholicam fidem)
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To: pascendi
How many situations go unnoticed because they aren't picked up by the media, and consequently, how many souls go un-prayed for. As much limelight as the case may deserve, how many predicaments are people in all around the globe from minute to minute which have as much intrinsic urgency as this?

Funny you should mention that. Recently I've added an Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be to my nightly prayers for the intention of "the soul on earth who needs it most" and then I do the same thing for "the soul in purgatory who needs it most".

12 posted on 03/23/2005 8:41:20 PM PST by murphE (Each of the SSPX priests seems like a single facet on the gem that is the alter Christus. -Gerard. P)
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To: murphE

If you did nothing else in life, you'd be successful.


13 posted on 03/23/2005 9:20:53 PM PST by pascendi (Quicumque vult salvus esse, ante omnia opus est, ut teneat catholicam fidem)
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To: pascendi
are you teasing me? poking fun?
14 posted on 03/23/2005 9:30:43 PM PST by murphE (Each of the SSPX priests seems like a single facet on the gem that is the alter Christus. -Gerard. P)
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah
The government Pontius Pilates washing their hands of the blood of an innocent Terri Schindler, the bloodthirsty crowds(some on FR who claim to be Christians) demanding her death, and the bystanders who try to comfort her with a towel or a drink to ease her suffering.


Judge Greer

15 posted on 03/23/2005 9:33:58 PM PST by Grey Ghost II
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To: Grey Ghost II; murphE; pascendi; Salvation

I am reading the Yves Dupont book 'Catholic Prophecy'. Everything is falling into place. I was a little afraid last night but today I am mostly sad.

St. Columba (6th century). "Hearken, hearken to what will happen in the latter days of the world! There will be great wars; unjust laws will be enacted; the Church will be despoiled of her property; people will read and write a great deal; but charity and humility will be laughed to scorn, and the common people will believe in false ideas."

St. Methodius. "A day will come when the enemies of Christ will boast of having conquered the whole world. They will say: 'Christians cannot escape now!' But a Great King will arise to fight the enemies of God. He will defeat them, and peace will be given to the world, and the Church will be freed from her anxieties."

I've only scanned the book so far. I can't find many references to the US except that we will send troops to save Europe and the Pope will flee overseas.


16 posted on 03/23/2005 9:56:10 PM PST by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah
Interesting.
17 posted on 03/23/2005 9:58:09 PM PST by murphE (Never miss an opportunity to kiss the hand of a holy priest.)
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To: pascendi

Terri has suffered so much already. I don't know why some souls undergo severe trials while others are spared. I found myself praying God would take away her pain and take her quickly if she had to die.

I don't know if that is right to do or not.


18 posted on 03/23/2005 9:59:02 PM PST by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: murphE

If I am having a bad day I will offer my sufferings towards the most needy soul in purgatory. It helps give some purpose to what I can't understand.


19 posted on 03/23/2005 10:00:44 PM PST by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah

I'm sorry that you are having a bad day. = (


20 posted on 03/23/2005 10:01:43 PM PST by murphE (Never miss an opportunity to kiss the hand of a holy priest.)
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To: murphE

Thanks :-) Today is not too bad, just feeling sad and powerless about Terri.

I never thought I would be in favor of a Catholic monarchy. Today I took a step in that direction.

The godless and corrupt rule our nation.


21 posted on 03/23/2005 10:06:39 PM PST by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah

Do not despair, that is what the evil one wants. With every headline I must fight the tendency to do just that.


22 posted on 03/23/2005 10:13:32 PM PST by murphE (Never miss an opportunity to kiss the hand of a holy priest.)
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To: murphE

Not at all.


23 posted on 03/23/2005 10:16:27 PM PST by pascendi (Quicumque vult salvus esse, ante omnia opus est, ut teneat catholicam fidem)
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah
You may find something in that book about "when our Lord lies in Our Ladies lap, then..." An old prophecy.

The feast of the Annunciation this year falls on Good Friday. May be something to that, maybe not.

24 posted on 03/23/2005 10:19:05 PM PST by pascendi (Quicumque vult salvus esse, ante omnia opus est, ut teneat catholicam fidem)
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To: pascendi

"Our Lady's"


25 posted on 03/23/2005 10:19:26 PM PST by pascendi (Quicumque vult salvus esse, ante omnia opus est, ut teneat catholicam fidem)
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To: pascendi

You do know that Terri was allowed to receive the Annointing of the Sick (host) through her feeding tube before it was disconnected?


26 posted on 03/23/2005 10:22:27 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah

**I've only scanned the book so far. I can't find many references to the US except that we will send troops to save Europe and the Pope will flee overseas. **

Amazing. But will this be Peter, the supposed last Pope, who is really and anti-Pope?


27 posted on 03/23/2005 10:24:33 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: pascendi

I will look for it.


28 posted on 03/23/2005 10:25:35 PM PST by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: Salvation

Keep in mind I've only started, but so far I understand that a Pope (maybe this one) will flee to Germany and then overseas (America?) An anti-pope will be installed but I don't think elected. Catholics will be forced to choose. One prophecy even states there will be three--a German, Italian and a Greek. The Church will schism. The real Pope dies in exile and the Church is leaderless. Somehow the loyal Cardinals elect a new Pope who is firm, kind and restores the Church disciplines.

I don't believe the last Pope Peter will be an anti-pope. I think he is the strong leader who restores the Church. The Pope who flees may be this one or the next.


29 posted on 03/23/2005 10:32:17 PM PST by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: murphE
I mean that, really. I'm bizarre like that; I actually believe that those are three of the greatest prayers that can be said. They all beg for eternity.

I'm absolutely convinced that if anyone said those particular prayers once a day for the rest of their lives, they would never be lost.

30 posted on 03/23/2005 10:32:19 PM PST by pascendi (Quicumque vult salvus esse, ante omnia opus est, ut teneat catholicam fidem)
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To: Salvation

Really? Do you have the details?


31 posted on 03/23/2005 10:34:04 PM PST by pascendi (Quicumque vult salvus esse, ante omnia opus est, ut teneat catholicam fidem)
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To: pascendi

It was posted last week. The word Communion might be in the title.

When they took the tube out the first time, they wouldn't let a priest see her. But this time they did.


32 posted on 03/23/2005 10:39:39 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah
It's actually very interesting to collect all the prophecies of the saints of the Church and lay them out on the table. There are dozens and dozens of texts that bear remarkable similiarity to each other. They are virtually homogenious.

They all speak of Catholic monarch who will reunite civil society under submission to the Roman Pontiff, who in turn, will uphold dogma and tradition. They all talk about a large scale conversion of Protestants, Jews and Muslims to the Catholic Faith. They all talk about the re-affirment of the social kingship of Christ, but that it will be short lived and begin to be attacked not from within like this time, but from without as in physically and as in martyrdom.

33 posted on 03/23/2005 10:42:03 PM PST by pascendi (Quicumque vult salvus esse, ante omnia opus est, ut teneat catholicam fidem)
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To: Salvation
Right, my wife says she did receive Holy Communion. I didn't know that. That's great.

Not the same as Last Rites, but I'm sure she has received that too.

Well, what more could one ask for, really.

34 posted on 03/23/2005 10:43:47 PM PST by pascendi (Quicumque vult salvus esse, ante omnia opus est, ut teneat catholicam fidem)
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To: pascendi

The Catholic monarch is supposed to be a French or German army officer of royal blood. I think he becomes king or emperor at the age of 40. He is out there somewhere now.


35 posted on 03/23/2005 10:45:15 PM PST by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: pascendi

I haven't seen much on the fate of the US which makes me wonder.

If we can send troops to Europe we must survive in some form.


36 posted on 03/23/2005 10:46:31 PM PST by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah
I don't know. I just know what everyone knows whether they admit it or not:

We're here; it's now.

37 posted on 03/23/2005 10:48:23 PM PST by pascendi (Quicumque vult salvus esse, ante omnia opus est, ut teneat catholicam fidem)
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To: pascendi; Canticle_of_Deborah
Call me selfish, but when it comes to prophecy I don't pray for the world to survive any chastisements, or to be included in the survivors. I pray for the grace to accept and bear any suffering that may come, because surely I deserve it, and then some. Mainly I just pray for the grace of a happy death for me, my family and all whom I love in a fraternal Christian way. (That includes you guys of course.)

Lord whatever horrors may come please let me die in a state of grace with Your Name on my lips.

38 posted on 03/24/2005 7:22:12 AM PST by murphE (Never miss an opportunity to kiss the hand of a holy priest.)
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To: Salvation
You do know that Terri was allowed to receive the Annointing of the Sick (host) through her feeding tube before it was disconnected?

You are mistaken about the form of the sacrament of Extreme Unction. Holy Communion is separate sacrament, unto itself.

Extreme Unction

I. ACTUAL RITE OF ADMINISTRATION

As administered in the Western Church today according to the rite of the Roman Ritual, the sacrament consists (apart from certain non-essential prayers) in the unction with oil, specially blessed by the bishop, of the organs of the five external senses (eyes, ears, nostrils, lips, hands), of the feet, and, for men (where the custom exists and the condition of the patient permits of his being moved), of the loins or reins; and in the following form repeated at each unction with mention of the corresponding sense or faculty: "Through this holy unction and His own most tender mercy may the Lord pardon thee whatever sins or faults thou hast committed [quidquid deliquisti] by sight [by hearing, smell, taste, touch, walking, carnal delectation]". The unction of the loins is generally, if not universally, omitted in English-speaking countries, and it is of course everywhere forbidden in case of women. To perform this rite fully takes an appreciable time, but in cases of urgent necessity, when death is likely to occur before it can be completed, it is sufficient to employ a single unction (on the forehead, for instance) with the general form: "Through this holy unction may the Lord pardon thee whatever sins or faults thou hast committed." By the decree of 25 April, 1906, the Holy Office has expressly approved of this form for cases of urgent necessity.

39 posted on 03/24/2005 5:26:16 PM PST by Grey Ghost II
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To: Grey Ghost II

She received both the Annointing of the Sick and Holy Communion as far as I know. I looked for the proof last night but could not find it.

I know there were two sacraments received. I just mispoke.


40 posted on 03/24/2005 5:50:15 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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