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The Rev. Robert T. Ritchie, the new rector of St. Patrick's Cathedral, prayed during Ash Wednesday services, which draw about 40,000 people.


As rector, Father Ritchie is responsible for the day-to-day running of St. Patrick's Cathedral, a gothic landmark.

2 posted on 03/03/2006 10:40:27 AM PST by NYer (Discover the beauty of the Eastern Catholic Churches - freepmail me for more information.)
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Can't tell you how much I enjoyed those pictures. Thank you so much.


4 posted on 03/03/2006 10:47:33 AM PST by Bahbah (An admitted Snow Flake and a member of Sam's Club)
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Wonderful post. My wife (convert) made her Confirmation in St. Pats in 1956.

At Christmas they had harpests playing on the main altar. I do not know what goes today.

I have not been there in 30 years.


8 posted on 03/03/2006 5:58:25 PM PST by franky (Pray for the souls of the faithful departed.)
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My baby brother was baptized in St. Pat's!

I remember, my Aunt and Uncle (my Ma's sister + brother in law) were supposed to be the godparents. But they didn't show up! My brother was getting to be a big baby, and he needed to be baptized.

So one day my Mother got us all dressed up and made my Father drive us the 45 minutes to Manhattan. She just walked up to St. Patrick's Cathedral and demanded they baptize her baby.

They were quite shocked of course. No arrangements had been made, and there were no godparents. My Mother started yelling, so they called the Archbishop's secretary to talk to her. He said he wasn't going to do it. But my Father said, "well, Jesus would do it." So the poor priest gave in, and he grabbed one of his assistants to be godfather.

Needless to say, my Ma wasn't a good Catholic (my Dad isn't Catholic at all,) and we (my brother included) weren't raised practicing the Faith. But regardless of the wisdom of their decision, I still have a great deal of affection for the priests of the Cathedral, not just because they baptized my brother, but also because they once dealt with the crazy antics of the Grande Dame who is my Mother.
9 posted on 03/04/2006 7:05:08 AM PST by Lilllabettt
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