Free Republic
Browse · Search
Religion
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

New Orleans, Year of our Lord 2012
The Irish Echo ^ | March 14, 2012 | Megan O'Sullivan

Posted on 03/16/2012 10:35:40 AM PDT by ConservativeNewYorker

New Orleans — It wasn’t a beautiful New Orleans Ash Wednesday morning at The Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France, the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States.

The sun was trying to peek out from behind the clouds and scattered drops of rain fell on the artists and street vendors of the square.

The brothers of the James Cardinal Gibbons Division and the Archbishop Philip M. Hannan Division, both from Louisiana, alongside Kinght of the Holy Sepulchre, Sir Patrick Allen of Francis P. Beirne Division 9 in New York, gathered in the side alley of the church to lead The Most Reverend Gregory Michael Aymond, the 14th Archbishop of New Orleans, into the cathedral.

Every pew was full and people lined the back and side walls. The archbishop’s sermon focused on doing things for God which seemed so fitting since the AOH was in attendance to protect the church, the archbishop, and his parishioners from the agitators who year after year gather to cause commotion and slander the Catholic faith.

As the mass ended and the church bells rang, parishioners poured out of the church, contemplating their Lenten promises.

Members of the AOH soon followed and surrounded the front steps where Archbishop Aymond would soon bless his congregation. When the archbishop reached the door, screams of “crucify the archbishop” and “you are an abomination, shame on you” filled Jackson Square.

The bagpiper started to play and blasphemous words were counteracted with “three cheers for the archbishop”, a chant led by the AOH members.

The people in the streets joined in, proving to these hecklers that their message was not welcome.

The Hibernian brothers stood shoulder to shoulder to ensure that these radicals were kept in their place, away from the archbishop and away from the faithful community.

The archbishop had a chance to greet every one of his parishioners with the beautiful music of bagpipes and joyous cheers from faithful Catholics encompassing him.

The clouds finally parted and the sun shone down, as if God himself was thanking the AOH for a job well done.


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: aoh; catholic; neworleans; nola
The AOH returning to their original mission. Well done Brothers!!
1 posted on 03/16/2012 10:35:47 AM PDT by ConservativeNewYorker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Religion
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson