Thursday, May 21, 2015

Upcoming at Assumption Grotto for Pentecost, Memorial Day, Corpus Christi and more...


Pentecost and Corpus Christi in the Extraordinary Form


Two orchestral Masses are coming up:


Sunday, May 24 Pentecost  at 9:30 a.m. Mass (Extraordinary Form, Solemn High)
Sunday, June 7, Corpus Christi at the 12:00 Noon Mass (Extraordinary Form, external observance)

Note: on June 7th, the 9:30 a.m. Mass will be the new Mass in Latin. Only one Mass can be done in EF on Sundays and when there is an orchestral Mass at Noon, it is joined with the 1962 Missal.  The regular choir will not sing at the 9:30 on that day because they will be at the Noon Mass.  A Eucharistic Procession follows on the parish grounds, weather permitting. 


Music for these orchestral Masses are as follows:

  • Mozart's Coronation Mass complete
  • Mozart's Vespers for a Confessor (only two movements) "Confitebor"
  • and "Laudate Dominum" Confitebor (the second movement for the beginning)
  • Laudate Dominum (the second last movement).


Memorial Day Masses


I am trying to confirm that the usual, weekday 7:30 a.m. EF Mass is taking place Monday morning for those who want that form.  Many come to the 9:00 a.m. Flag Raising, followed by Mass (Fr. Perrone has done the new Mass mostly at this Mass, concelebrated in past years, but I will try to find out if he will follow suit this year).  Following Mass, there is a procession out to the war dead memorial where a brief, prayerful ceremony takes place. There are refreshments after that Mass with the veterans and families. All are welcome.


Other


Men’s Discernment Retreat Friday May 29 - Sunday, May 31, 2015, hosted here at Assumption Grotto. Have you ever considered the priesthood or consecrated life? Do you think that God may be calling you to serve Him with “an undivided heart”? Such decisions are not always so easy to make and proper discernment with good spiritual reflection and guidance is necessary. What’s the best way to prepare yourself to know what is God’s will in your life? Why should you do God’s will? How do you conform your will to His? By making a retreat. All the great spiritual writers have always suggested this.

This discernment retreat is a time to get away from the daily routine and spend time with God in reflection and prayer. It’s a chance to focus and give absolute attention to the Sacred Heart of Our Lord with the assistance and love of The Sweetest Heart of Our Lady - and then make some decisions in order to redirect your life towards the one thing that truly matters - Heaven in union with the Blessed Trinity, Our Most Holy Mother, and all of the Saints forever! For more information , please contact vocations@littlemariansons.org or call Bro. Esteban at (313) 778-1498. There is a limited space and the deadline to register is Wednesday, May 27, 2015.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Assumption Grotto family in need as mother AND father deal with cancer



A GoFund Me account has been set up by a relative of Caroline DeLoca to help with expenses related to her recent diagnosis of cancer.  This comes just a few years after her husband, Peter, battled a cancerous tumor in his leg. As Caroline faces her own battle now, with stage 3 breast cancer, there are concerns that Peter's cancer may have returned.

This beautiful pro-life family with five children and, baby number six getting close to third trimester, belongs to Assumption Grotto and is known to many of us.  They have a loving, supportive family network.  But, as you can imagine, financial needs are many.

You can use the GoFund Me account set up by Caroline's aunt OR you can give money to the family directly if you know them.  Others who do not know them, please check back tonight or tomorrow and I will update this post with an alternate place to send checks so the family gets the money directly if that pans through.

Most of all, pray for this family.




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Sunday, May 17, 2015

GrottoCast has launched with today's homily by Fr. Perrone



It has taken us a while to get here, but with some help, we are recording Fr. Perrone's homilies, with his permission, weekly - God-willing. Other media, including video will be featured periodically, as well.

Please see this post at GrottoCast to hear today's homily via SoundCloud.  Fr. Perrone packs a lot into just over 10 minutes.

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Pics from last Sunday at Assumption Grotto

May Crowning, First Holy Communion, and some grotto spring stock photos...

I am delayed getting these pictures up.  I did not take them all.  Parishioner Jeff W., who has helped me in my understanding of Canon EOS camera settings, and whose daughter was making her First Communion, sent me some of his photos at my request.  At Assumption Grotto, First Holy Communion and May Crowning take place on the same day.  It also happens to be Mother's Day.

First, the May Crowning. It had to take place indoors this year due to threat of rain.  It turned out quite nice, but you would not have known that when Mass was about to start.  I was hoping we would still be outdoors and took just my little GoPro hoping for some nice video footage. It has an option to capture video + pics and you can set the interval for photos.  In the right conditions it can capture some nice 12 megapixel snapshots.  I had that option running when I raised it on a an extender, but I was too far away to really see what was going on.  Here is one snapshot of Jeff raising his daughter Angelina who placed the crown on Mary.



Here are three pictures from Jeff, taken after Mass.  Fr. Perrone prohibits photography during distribution of First Holy Communion; even I honor this.  So, he has the children come to the altar rail after Mass and he uses un-consecrated hosts.  The parents come up and take pictures.


There were boys, but they were to the left.  Lots of girls this year.


Way down at the other end, you can see some boys.


A good spot for a First Holy Communion picture.



After Mass, the sun was out.  I took the GoPro down by the grotto area to take a few pictures now that the leaves were filling in and some light clouds were there for contrast against the deep blue sky.








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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Why does the Church not answer the question of Medjugorje? Some thoughts.



Matt C. Abbott, writing at Catholic Online, has a new piece out this morning on Medjugorje and in it, he has solicited the thoughts of John L. Allen of the Boston Glob and Crux. He also references a piece written in 2013 by Colin Donovan that is a propos.   He begins with the news I blogged on the other day concerning ecclesial intervention in stopping recent, public events by the alleged visionaries.  He then writes:


In recent days, a source informed me that the aforementioned Vatican commission has concluded that the alleged apparitions are false, "but because of the publicity surrounding [them] and the potential chaos that could result from the announcement, the authorities in Rome are sitting on it for now."

I asked veteran Catholic journalist John L. Allen Jr., associate editor at The Boston Globe and Crux, if he could verify what I was told by my source.

Mr. Allen responded:

"What you describe has actually been the case for a while, reaching back at least to the time when [Cardinal Tarcisio] Bertone was in the [Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith]. The dilemma is wanting to back up the local bishops versus not wanting to impugn the legitimate spiritual fruits."

I too have heard that which Matt describes, but it remains hearsay regardless.  However, I personally believe this is the case. But, I think the Holy Father's reasons for holding back go deeper than what Mr. Allen suggests. Hold that thought for a moment.

He then quotes the last section of this 2013 document by Colin Donovan of EWTN:


"These 2013 letters [from Church officials regarding the alleged seers of Medjugorje] clearly represent a change of pastoral attitude on the part of the Holy See, one which began before the end of the pontificate of Pope Benedict and which has now been affirmed by Pope Francis.

An attitude of seeming tolerance has been replaced with a firm call for acceptance of the ecclesiastical judgments made to date, or at least publicly acting in accordance with them. Whether this is simply to dispose all parties (pro and con) to accept the final judgment of the Church when the pope issues it, whatever that judgment may be, or, in view of a decision of the same character as the previous ones, remains to be seen..

From the most recent statements of ecclesiastical authority it is clear that no Catholic may participate in events which presume the authenticity of Medjugorje. The older statements emphasized only the prohibition of those holding an office in the Church (bishop, pastor, rector, chaplain or other) who would, by virtue of that office, tend to lend official sanction to Medjugorje, and thus contradict the decisions of the competent local authorities.

Those earlier statements proscribed pilgrimages organized under official auspices; however, common sense suggests that a conference or other activity sponsored by a diocese, parish or other Catholic institution was also prohibited."

Colin's assessment here is accurate, and there has been a change in tone - even more so after that was written with additional  interventions, the latest being in Italy where Medjugorje has a great following given it's close proximity.  Even I was surprised to see this because the alleged visionaries pretty much had freedom, if not by bishops inviting them outright, then by bishops turning a blind eye to their visits.  I say this because it flies in the face of episcopal etiquette for a diocese to host visionaries from another diocese,  enabling them to engage in public activities that are forbidden in the original diocese.  That they could give testimony, especially on Church property in Italy when no bishop in Bosnia-Herzegovina would permit it is further injury.

Why would the Holy Father hold back?


Speculation alert: This is only speculation, and it's only as good or as bad as anyone else's speculation.

Let's look past the low-hanging fruit.  To avoid making a decision known publicly on the basis that it will be unpopular flies in the face of Church history.  Similarly, to keep that decision hidden out of deference to the good spiritual fruits, is to dismiss negative spiritual fruits.  Moreover, it would mean the Church acts on the notion that the ends justifies the means or that truth could somehow be sacrificed for the sake of good fruits.  These popular opinions are what have scandalized so many faithful Catholics when it comes to Medjugorje.  I have not been scandalized because I believe there are alternate explanations as to why the Church has not pronounced what it knows publicly.

No matter how many reasons people can come up with as to why the Church took so long to get involved in what was once a local ecclesial matter, what is often missed are some simple facts.

First, the last full commission ended, if memory serves, in April of 1991, with the judgment that it cannot be affirmed there is anything supernatural in the alleged apparitions.  In a matter of weeks after that, the former Yugoslavia was in the midst of a full blown civil war.  I've often wondered if the Zadar Declaration would have read the same way if the bishops back then didn't have to be concerned with what was about to befall them all very quickly. Perhaps in time we will learn from the bishops how deteriorating conditions back then led to a rapid close of that commission and the present status of the Zadar Declaration.  It was said that the bishops were planning to reconvene, but of course, the country disintegrated and ultimately led to Medjugorje being contained in the tiny country of Bosnia-Herzegovina.  They dropped from about 20 bishops down to just four.  Medjugorje had spread well beyond the boundaries and all throughout the world by 1995-96 when the war had ended. Few would accept a declaration on a matter that impacted Catholics well past their boundaries.

People in other countries expected a new Commission, or the intervention of the Holy See, but often through a lens that gave no consideration for the devastation those bishops were faced with at the time.  I believe both the Bishops Conference of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the Holy See, were more concerned with a great humanitarian crisis that befell people in that region.  It's difficult to justify making Medjugorje a focus while people dealt with death all around them, and others trying to get by without limbs, and the lack of shelter, food, jobs, a multitude of orphans, and ongoing political and ethnic tensions.  Is it any wonder that it took just over 10 years for the Holy See to form the international commission with intent to answer the question of Medjugorje?  The timing was about right as people there, bishops included, were emerging from the fallout of war, albeit still suffering in many ways.

Many reporters can tell you about Medjugorje; very few can tell you off the top of their heads what the bishops of Bosnia-Herzegovina's greatest concerns are.   Perhaps some worthy reporters will speak to the bishops there ahead of the visit by Pope Francis and dig into that question.  I believe all the bishops speak fluent Italian.

If you want to know why I think we have not heard the Holy See or Pope Francis make a definitive pronouncement on Medjugorje, it's because I believe no one wants Medjugorje to overshadow the Holy Father's visit to the small country this June.  Catholics in that country need a shot in the arm, to be lifted up by Holy Mother Church and by Catholics around the world.  What they don't need is a lopsided focus on Medjugorje.

Might we hear something from Pope Francis on Medjugorje after that visit?  Perhaps.  And, perhaps he might find it prudent to make us all wait a little longer.  I don't think the Church is intending to avoid conflict by not answering the question publicly about Medjugorje; I think the Church knows what kind of chaos might follow and is choosing a more proper time to share it with us.

Cardinal Puljic stated recently that the Holy Father's visit had nothing to do with Medjugorje at the end of a recent report at the website for the news agency of the BiH Bishops' Conference (see translation of relevant paragraph here).  He urged journalists to create a positive climate.  There's so much more to Bosnia-Herzegovina than Medjugorje.  I hope we can all take the time to listen and learn.

That's my 0.02.

Note: This post was edited for clarity. 




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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Medjugorje Fallout - More Cancellations



It's becoming clearer, at least in a public way, where the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith stands while the case of Medjugorje remains with the Holy Father, with no indication we will hear his final discernment any time soon.

Two english language Medjugorje-promoting websites are reporting ecclesial intervention in Padova, Italy, bringing about a cancellation of an event by alleged visionary, Ivan Dragičević. 

Medjugorje Today reports, in part:

For the second time in 2015, an arrangement with visionary Ivan Dragicevic has been cancelled by the local Ordinary. Ivan was scheduled on May 22 near Padova, Italy, whose Archbishop explains that he is complying to the directives issued by the Vatican’s doctrinal office. Arrangements with Medjugorje visionaries are increasingly being cancelled. One day after Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic’s late May visit to Brazil was called off by organizers, visionary Ivan Dragicvic’s May 22 testimony and public apparition in Mestrino near Padova, Italy, was also cancelled. Whereas it is still uncertain if Vicka keeps from Brazil because the… [you have to pay $19/month to read the rest]

In a note on it's sidebar, the Crown of Stars blog says there were cancellations in South America of Marija's tour.

Another Medjugorje seer cancelled her visit to South America in January. Marija Pavlovic had been invited to witness in Nicaragua, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela but organisers gave notice that the seer had cancelled “due to personal reasons”.
Since Medjugorje sites like these rarely cite any references or link to online sources, I usually do a search, sometimes in other languages to find the material.  This time, I could find nothing.  However, looking at the search list, I noticed this from Ivan's 206 Tours page (note the "Missing: padova")





The 'apparition industry' is doing well when Ivan can book 8 tours from May 17 through November 8, with a minimum booking fee of $899 per person. May 17 is wait listed.  It's interesting that in the United States, the alleged visionaries of Medjugorje have been stopped, even at venues not on Church property, yet Ivan continues to give witness in the area surrounding Medjugorje, off Church property. Nothing short of a public statement, at least from the CDF will stop these things in the Medjugorje area, and elsewhere.  These tours would not survive if they did not come with an 'apparition' (even if no longer stated in the online site) and giving testimony that the Blessed Virgin Mary appears to them, when the Church has not made any such declaration.  This is presumption - the kind Bernadette avoided in Lourdes when she referred to the woman she saw as, "the  lady."  At the very least, she did not earn a living or even cover expenses through her apparitions.

Response to Wayne Weible's "Open Letter to the Papal Nuncio"


My friend, Kevin Symonds has taken the time to respond to an open letter published online by Wayne Weible, addressed to the Papal Nuncio about his letter to U.S. Bishops.

Go read Kevin's detailed response at Catholic Stand.

Blogging Update


I regret not having been blogging much in the past year, but I hope to be back at it soon enough, and with something new.  When I have time later this week, I plan to edit a short video I took during the May Crowning, and provide some photos sent by a fellow parishioner following First Holy Communion.





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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

St. Joseph the Worker Mass at St. Joseph's this Friday



I was alerted to this upcoming Mass at St. Joseph's in Detroit for the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. The Assumption Grotto Choir will be singing at the Mass, as well.

See this Facebook event page for the Mass.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1742082119352086/

Copied from that page:

All are invited to a 7:00 p.m. Tridentine Sung Mass on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Workman, followed by St. Joseph Devotions, Outdoor Candlelight Procession and Veneration of St. Joseph's Relic. 

The Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church by Fr. Joseph Tuskiewicz. The St. Joseph Cappella and members of the Assumption Grotto Choir will sing Missa Rosa Mystica by Carnevali, Regina Coeli by Aichinger, Ave Verum by Saint-Saëns, and the Gregorian Propers of the day. 

St. Joseph Church is located at 1828 Jay Street in Detroit, across Gratiot from the Eastern Market. 

(Please note that this First Friday Tridentine Mass is usually held at St. Josaphat Church.)







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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tonight: Solemn High Requiem Mass for Cardinal George at St. John Cantius




If you are in the Chicago area, take note:

A Solemn High Requiem Mass will be celebrated for the repose of the soul of Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. at St. John Cantius Church (825 N. Carpenter St., Chicago, 60642). Music for this Mass will be sung by the St. Cecilia Choir.

    Missa pro Defunctis, Giovanni Francesco Anerio
    Ave Verum, William Byrd
    De Profundis, Johann Joseph Fux
    Miserere, Orlando di Lassus
All visitors and friends from Chicago and beyond are invited to attend.

Also, on their website is this:

From the beginning, it was Cardinal George who envisioned that a small community of men founded at a run-down Chicago church would become a flourishing order dedicated to the “Restoration of the Sacred.”
Read the statement from Rev. C. Frank Phillips upon the death of Cardinal George: “We are a living legacy of this shepherd of souls.”



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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Divine Mercy Sunday



On my reading list: Bull of Indiction by Pope Francis for Jubilee of Mercy



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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I dumped cable TV… and I'm happy, thus far.



I've been thinking about it for a year, but it wasn't until I bought a Winegard FlatWave Amped Indoor Amplified HDTV Antenna (FL5500Y) and saw the great reception I got for all network channels in my area (great for football season) that I began to think, maybe - just maybe, I can dump cable TV.

I then picked up a Roku 3 Streaming Media Player (original model), which was reduced due to an enhancement in newer Roku 3's, that I did not need (like voice control).  In the past month, I found myself going to the Roku box and using my over-the-air, free digital TV more frequently than I was my cable TV.  I used it only to watch a few channels.  Years ago, Comcast shoved me into what was then the Digital 2 package in order to get EWTN.  Well, thankfully, EWTN is available for free on the Roku box - live.

Quite honestly, I get better reception of EWTN streaming live through a Roku box than I ever did get through cable TV. I don't know if the movies we see on Saturday nights will be available, as those were not always available on the web. But, I was never a fan of watching those movies split between two Saturday nights, which they always did.  So, I didn't watch them.  I usually buy the DVD's or look for the movies on Netflix or YouTube.

In any event, this has been a real adventure for me because I knew next to nothing about this.  After some friends on Facebook asked questions and wanted to know how it was going for me, I decided to chronicle this particular adventure in a dedicated blog: Cord-Cutting Adventure.

Will I stick to it? Follow me there to find out. I share some details in my first post there so check it out. I'll be sharing what I learn along the way (I have much to learn); and I'll be sharing the ups and downs.





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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Fr. Perrone to conduct orchestral Mass he wrote in honor of Sacred Heart


Fr. Eduard Perrone wears many hats: Priest, pastor, pianist, orchestral music composer, conductor, and more.

This Easter Sunday at 9:30 AM and next Sunday, Divine Mercy, at Noon, Fr. Perrone will be conducting an orchestral Mass he composed (choir and orchestra), in honor of the Sacred Heart.  Both of these will be in the context of a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form (1962 Missal).  Next week, the 9:30 AM Mass will be a Latin Novus Ordo as the TLM shifts for that day only, to the Noon slot.

He wrote this Mass a few years ago, but only recently composed the orchestral parts.  This is the second Mass he has composed and conducted at Assumption Grotto; the first - Fountain of Beauty - was in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary and was heard for Christmas in 2011.

This musical style is quite different from the first. I'm not a trained musician so I cannot explain these things very well, but it reminds me of something written from an earlier period, whereas the first is like some of the more contemporary classical compositions.

What caught my attention the most in this Mass was the Gloria. It was powerful and filled with moments of great majesty.  It lifted my heart, inspiring a sense of wonder and awe - precisely what we would expect a Gloria to invoke in a soul.

Can I purchase music from this Mass?


Some ask me in person, and in email or social media about CD's for purchase, but these things require much funding.  There are added expenses that go with recording audio for sales purposes - some of it having to do with agreements with the musician union and satisfying other legal requirements.  The same goes with uploading.  Some do this innocently, with good intentions, using video or audio they capture, without asking Fr. Perrone in advance, but it's not supposed to be done.  Potential donors can discuss these things with Fr. Perrone to learn more.  I would love to see this particular Mass recorded and cut to CD for distribution.  No donation to the Assumption Grotto Choir & Orchestra is too small, but be sure to specify it is for the music program if you should send money. Collection envelopes are set out at every orchestral Mass with a second collection.  Your contributions help make it possible for us to hear these kinds of Masses at Assumption Grotto.

Photos from the Monday Dress Rehearsal

Below are some of the photos I took during the dress rehearsal for this Mass, in as much as I could.  I too, am limited as to what I can photograph.

They joyful conductor (don't be fooled, as this was a moment of humor between pieces - the conductor face is not there in this photo)



Some men of the bass section...


The Grotto choir takes people of all ages and as long as someone can carry a tune and read some notes, Fr. Perrone is more than glad to find a spot for them.  After Divine Mercy might be a good time to join; otherwise, in the fall is the best time.  He's always looking to add voices and it's a rare opportunity to sing with an orchestra several times per year, in addition to Sundays at 9:30.  He holds practice on Wednesday evenings from 7 - 9, and the choir rehearses on Sunday morning at 9:00, ahead of Mass; then for about 45 minutes after on new material.  There is secured parking at all weekend Masses, weeknight Masses, and for most events.  I've been going to the parish several times weekly for 10 years now and have never had a problem.


Gerrie Ball, the organist for the 9:30 a.m. Mass and orchestral Masses, uses a mirror to see Fr. Perrone and get his cues.


We have a harp for this Mass.  One time, we had a harpsichord in the mix, which was pretty cool. It fascinates me to think about Fr. Perrone writing every note for every voice and instrument - from strings, winds, and pipes - to a number of instruments in the percussion section.


Some of the Sopranos with one alto sneaking under the hap.


Some tenors!



Altos! That was my section when I was in choir.  I had to take leave for a while and have been focusing on my photography, among other things.  Some choir members will come for the fall to prepare for Christmas, then take a break. Others remain around the year.  The main break is during July when Fr. Perrone takes his vacation.


If this young chorister had access to a harp and harp lessons, I think she would be in heaven.  She only took her eyes off the hands of the harpist when singing.


Fr. Perrone fields a question from a member of the orchestra. 


This was taken at the conclusion of a very peaceful ending to one segment.


This is a very grainy photo, but it was very dark and a high ISO had to be used.  The choir was seated as the orchestra went over some details.





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Friday, April 3, 2015

Some pics from Good Friday 2015 at Assumption Grotto

We adore youO Christ, and we Bless You. Because by Your Holy Cross You have Saved the World

In this post are a few images from Good Friday at Assumption Grotto.  I had taken video of the Veneration of the Cross, but there are sound issues.  I'll work with it after Easter to see what I can do.

Here is one  video clip of the hymn,  Adoramus Te, Christe (DuBois). Several babies joined the choir (a nice 'problem' to have in any parish) and there is other noise like a breeze coming through a nearby window, clunking and clanking noises, etc.  This video was never intended to be professional; rather, the intent is only to give you an idea of what Holy Week is like at the parish.





















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Maundy Thursday 2015 at Assumption Grotto in photos
















I have video of the procession, but am still adjusting to the new Rode Stereo VideoMic Pro that I got for sound.  This time, I tried boosting the sound, but it came at the price of hearing the autofocus throughout.  I'm going to try to salvage what I can and play with it in post-processing to see what I can do.  I may need to replace the sound with just music in places.  I won't have time to play with it until after Easter, so check back.  Taking video meant no pictures this year of the procession.  But, I had photos last year that were quite good.



The altar boys came into church just after 10:00 for a while.


Several of the Missionaries of Charity from the other side of Detroit came around 10:00 PM, as they do every year.



The altar has been stripped.


See all the photos taken on Maundy Thursday, 2015.





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