Monday, March 29, 2010

Palm Sunday: Archbishop Sheehan

On Palm Sunday a traditional ecumenical service is held in the Plaza in Santa Fe.  The Roman Catholic clergy, parishioners, fraternal groups, and other interested people gather at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and then form a procession to the Plaza where they are joined by clerics and other pilgrims from the Presbyterian and Episcopal "city" parishes. Bishops from different denominations speak briefly and symbols of the Christian religion: ashes, holy water, communion hosts, and a lily plant, for example, are displayed.  The palms are blessed by the Bishops, after which the Roman Catholic pilgrims process around the Plaza again and then back to the Cathedral for the 12:00 o'clock mass. It's fascinating and gratifying to see people of the three faiths gather together to commemorate an important event in the church calendar. I'll show you more photos in subsequent days.

12 comments:

  1. superbe portrait et une très belle lumiere sur son visage

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  2. Wish we could do it the other 364.

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  3. An intense portrait, I'd like to see some pictures of this service.

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  4. Wonderful portrait, Kate. What a rich and beautiful tradition. Can't wait to see more.

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  5. Another nice portrait here. Good work.

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  6. Indeed a great portrait, Kate!

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  7. What a great photo of the Archbishop! I love his holy "crown" and garments! We celebrated Palm Sunday at Gloria Dei and our oldest daughter took her first communion!

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  8. Looking forward to seeing more of these! Thanks for stopping by our blog an leaving the nice comments.

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  9. What a lovely photo. He looks a kind and thoughtful man.

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