To: Salvation; Polycarp; Cap'n Crunch; american colleen
I missed it so am watching it now. The Mass is just starting.
One of the most reverent and beautiful canonization masses ever!!! The fusion of indigenous and liturgical music was astoundingly breathtaking. I don't recall ever seeing so many priests, bishops, cardinals and prelates gathered together to celebrate the life of a saint. The media has had a hey day, continuing with their focus on the pope's health. Anyone who watched these ceremonies could plainly see that this pope is like a national hero in Mexico. At 82, his physical body shows all the signs of arthritis and parkinson's disease, but his eyes are fully alert and receptive to all the proceedings.
For those who missed this mass, it will be repeated again. Check the www.ewtn.com web site for the correct rebroadcast time. Also, EWTN plans to show the canonization mass that took place in Guatemala, this past Wednesday. According to the commentators, this is another MUST SEE!
posted on 07/31/2002 11:37:14 PM PDT
Just got back last month from a Mexican Vacation. Went to a 'jungle preserve' called Xcaret. They do a big final production every night at sundown.
It was something you probably won't see in the USA.
Starts out with the indiginous culture. Dancing, re-enactment of a ritual sport, and a ritual sacrifice, complete with two 'stone' idols on one end of the stage. Lights dim. Conquistadores enter the stage (about the size of a basketball court). There is a conflict with the natives. Battle ensues. Lights go OUT. Total blackness. Then spotlights form a 'doorway', a rectangle, at the opposite end of the stage from the idols. In the spotlight are a half dozen monks, one holding a 'papal' crucifix. The light extends to the far end. The monks march slowly across the stage, ropes are thrown around the 'idols,' and they are PULLED DOWN AND REPLACED WITH THE CROSS.
Viva il Papa.
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