Friday, April 8, 2011

Photopost: Lenten Monastic Meal with Fr. Perrone and Stations of the Cross

Father Eduard Perrone, pastor of Assumption Grotto in Detroit, offers a reflection on the importance of the Exodus
during the Lenten Monastic Supper held by the Assumption Grotto Knights of Columbus. 

As I have mentioned in several other posts, there has been a real changeup in the traditional lenten Friday fish-fry at Assumption Grotto.  How ironic that Grotto would buck with such tradition! Now hold on.... we woudln't want to ruin our reputation at the parish so I tell you that we have bucked newer tradition for a somewhat older tradition.  Alas! What is old is new again.

Fr. Perrone and the Grotto K of C cooked up the idea to have Monastic Meals on Fridays during Lent.  The men of the K of C make three kinds of soups from which people choose (and they have been very good, especially the Manhattan Clam Chowder I had last Friday).  Four slices of cheese, a bun and a piece of fruit area slo given along with a drink.  It opens at 4:30pm and ends at 6:30. 

What makes this so unique is the main attraction: Fr. Perrone offers a reflection as people eat.  This begins at 6:00pm. At 7:00pm, Fr. Perrone leads the Stations of the Cross using the St. Alphonsus Liguori booklets and Holy Mass follows that at about 7:25, give or take 5 minutes. This was moved on Fridays in Lent so people could honor the Eucharistic Fast.  The Holy Rosary is prayed in community afterwards, which most stay for.

Thus far, two of the talks have been uploaded in audio form in prior posts.  I hope to upload more. All talks are approximately 40-45 minutes. You can download from the post for MP3 players.

The talks continue tonight!


People listen to Fr. Perrone as they eat soup prepared by the Knights of Columbus

Fr. Perrone at the podium

Some of the Knights

Fr. Perrone with some seminarians of the who were passing through that night
from the order of Canons Regular of St. John Cantius. 
At left is Matthew Schuster who is from Assumption Grotto.

After the talk, we went over to the parish church where we had Exposition all day as it is done on all First Fridays.

Exposition takes place every First Friday in the parish Church following the 7:30am Mass
until just before the 7:00pm Mass (or Stations of the Cross on Fridays in Lent).

Then, Stations of the Cross took place...

After Stations of the Cross, Mass in the Extraordinary Form began, and the Holy Rosary followed Mass.

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