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Another View of the 2009 Chrism Mass

January 28th, 2010, Promulgated by Dr. K

A faithful reader sends along a previously unseen image of this past year’s Chrism Mass. If you look closely to the right of the altar, you will see Thomas Warfield, the homosexual marriage activist and Unity Church leader who pranced about the Cathedral during the liturgy. Greg, one of our Rochester seminarians who is holding the thurible to the left of the ambo, can be seen with a look of disbelief on his face.

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The 2010 Chrism Mass is fast approaching. What blasphemous display could be in store for us this year?

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16 Responses to “Another View of the 2009 Chrism Mass”

  1. avatar Persis says:

    I had never attended the Chrism Mass, until last year. I have never been a big fan of "litugical dance", as I thought it pushed the envelope a little too far from prayer to "performance". That said, I was not thrilled with seeing this man prancing up the aisle during the procession. What clinched it for me that this was a very bad thing was when he took the Book of the Gospels during the, "Halle, Halle, Halle" (which I really dislike!!), and proceeded to prance around the altar with it!!
    I did not know what to think! Admittedly, one of the things I was thinking was-
    "I see, they'll let this (insert nasty reference), prance around with this book, but I am not allowed to read from it or preach about it?!"
    As I find my way on this spiritual path, this reason is less and less important to me. My biggest issue is, by all accounts, this Mr. Warfield is not even Catholic, therefore, in my humble opinion, he has no business "performing" as part of a Catholic Liturgy.
    I have to say, I really would like to hear how this action was "justified" by the powers that be!

  2. avatar Scott/Mary says:

    I just remember how many people tried so very hard to prevent the "rekovation" of our cathedral. This kind of thing was just what we were trying to prevent. What a horrible sacrilege. No wonder Our Lord refuses to send priest sons to our diocese. He would be sending them into a den of thieves. God forgive us! God have mercy on us! Our Lady, Queen of Clergy, pray for them!

  3. avatar Nerina says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience, Persis. I have not been to the Chrism Mass in this diocese, and based on your description and the pictures, I won't be going anytime soon. Another insult to the Mass.

  4. avatar CJ says:

    Liturgical dance is forbidden in the United States. I can understand that a bishop can be out of his disobedient mind and maybe a few priests stupid enough to follow him, but these pews were full. This particular Mass has had some sort of dancing for at least six years that I know of. Why were the pews full? They should have been outside with signs protesting the insantiy. Shameful.

  5. I suspect that the pews were full because each parish in the diocese sends people to pickup the Chrism for their respective parishes in our 12 county diocese.

    I don't know why this is but I have this uncontrollable desire to stick my legs out and trip the dancer so he goes "A" over "T". My bad!

  6. avatar Gen says:

    I'm sure a strategically placed server would hearken unto your cries.

  7. avatar Laura says:

    The Bishop likes to say that these dancers are preparing the worship space through their homoerotic leaps and turns. How could the worship space be prepared when all this man is doing is spreading foot fungus all over the Cathedral floor?

  8. Laura – This dancer must be a regular mushroom, because he's such a fun guy (fungi). "There's a fungus among us". Yuck.

  9. avatar Anonymous says:

    I hoped he washed his feet before stepping into a house of God barefoot!

  10. avatar Anonymous says:

    I shall be keeping your diocese in prayer. We get that every year in Los Angeles. And it's shown full fledged in the Tidings (our excuse of a newspaper)

  11. avatar Sister Emily says:

    Poor Greg, he looks terified!!

    Did anyone notice few people on the left are not watching the dancer. Maybe they are looking for the exit door.

  12. avatar Sister Emily says:

    SORRY! MEANT TO SAY..not many people on the left are watching the dancing.

  13. avatar Gen says:

    I think they're just getting ready to strew the aisle with cloaks and palms for his excellency to pass by on. I could extend the metaphor further by including reference to "an ass," but I need to embrace Christian charity and celebrate diversity. Shame on me.

  14. avatar Sister Emily says:

    GEN Thanks for holding back. Just like Choir does when he is ticked off at the DOR. (insert smiley face)

  15. avatar Anonymous says:

    I take it Sr. Binsack is "his excellency" and the ass is, well… you know who.


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