Postcards from the Pews: If You Get Yourself to Mass, You Never Quite Know What Will Hit You
O'Connell-Cahill, Catherine, U.S. Catholic
MY DAUGHTER STANDS AT THE BACK OF CHURCH just before Mass, the tallest of the altar servers this year. She holds the processional cross, 6 feet long. Looking up, vigilant not to bang it on the low-hanging balcony, she hoists it far overhead and steps into the aisle. The figure of me man on me cross precedes them all: children in white carrying candles, lectors, priest. It happens every week, but today it stops me: We hold up an image of a man dying in agony and entrust it to the hands of the young.
She carries the man on the cross to the front of church, turning him to face us. Over her head, above the sanctuary, are words from Psalm 43 …
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Publication information: Article title: Postcards from the Pews: If You Get Yourself to Mass, You Never Quite Know What Will Hit You. Contributors: O'Connell-Cahill, Catherine - Author. Magazine title: U.S. Catholic. Volume: 76. Issue: 1 Publication date: January 2011. Page number: 49. © 2008 Claretian Publications. COPYRIGHT 2011 Gale Group.
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