Saturday, April 28, 2012

Pitchers 13: Fin de Siècle 2

Not the end of the century, but the last class. I like the look and sound of Fin de Siècle more than The Last Class.

The second half of the last class is a weaving-together of assorted Biblical threads into the fabric of the Mass, especially by way of the by-now-familiar handout that compares the plan and function of a Catholic church to the Meeting Tent/ Temple:
 
 This is enhanced by reading excerpts from the Missalette and the book of Hebrews, which the kids then apply to the plans. Of course the board gets covered with sketch'n'scribble:

1. The kids help compose this quick chart which compares the Old Covenant liturgy in the Temple with that of the New Covenant's in a Catholic church:


The people can see the Levites & priests; but the High Priest's work in both cases is hidden behind a veil.

 2. The Missalette lists some of the first martyrs who participate with us at Mass, such as Stephen. Here's Stephen with his attribute, which is rocks: he was stoned to death.


3. One of the kids jumps ahead, and says we have cherubim guarding the Tabernacle in church. He mislocates them as the high angels facing the congregation, but that's ok. I draw what he describes, then ask if anyone can tell me where the guarding cherubim are, as opposed to the assisting angels. One of the altar boys says they're carved into the wood screen behind the Tabernacle, and I add them in.


Photo of the church for comparison:


I do a blow-up of the cherubim. I like to draw their wings overshadowing the Tabernacle even though ours don't actually do so:


Photo of the Cherubim:


4.  With only few minutes left in the year, I ask the kids to tell me everything they can think of from the Bible that's present in the Mass. Going clockwise from the lower left they name the Loaves & Fishes, Melchizedek, Cana, Manna, Abraham & Isaac, the Last Supper, Abel, the Crucifixion, and John da Baptis'. No prior class has done this well.


I compliment their thinking skills and add the Wedding Feast of the Lamb; then close by singing the last lines of Supper's Ready by Genesis:

There's an angel standing in the sun, and he's crying with a loud voice,
"This is the supper of the mighty One",
The Lord of Lords,
King of Kings,
Has returned to lead His children home,
To take them to the new Jerusalem.

The children count down the last seconds on the clock, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, ZERO!!! and their Year of Suffering is over.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fine Art 9: Ravenna Encore

 This post links to RAnn's Sunday Snippets

During our Genesis classes in September I threw together a handout to accompany discussion of the Hospitality of Abraham, Abraham's sacrifice, Cain & Abel, and Melchizedek. Today was the last class of the year, and the last of three on the Mass. Part of the Mass-class fun is having the kids connect all the Bible stuff they learned this year to what happens or is said at Mass.

In past years when we got to this bit-

"Look with favor on these offerings and accept them as once you accepted the gifts of your servant Abel, the sacrifice of Abraham, our father in faith, and the bread and wine offered by your priest Melchizedech."

-I'd just read it out of the Missalette and we'd discuss. But this year I edited the earlier handout to make another handout, like so:

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"Be pleased to look upon these offerings with a serene and kindly countenance,
and to accept them, as once you were pleased to accept the gifts of your servant Abel the just,the sacrifice of Abraham, our father in faith, and the offering of your high priest Melchizedek,a holy sacrifice, a spotless victim."


These two mosaics flank the altar in San Vitale church in Ravenna, Italy
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Class was much better with the handout. The kids remembered the pictures and were able to explain them in Genesis terms. Then we read the quote and they sorted out why Abel, Abraham, and Melchizedek matter at this point in the Mass.  I reminded them that these two mosaics are to the immediate right and left of San Vitale's altar; wouldn't it be great to hear that bit of the Mass while being able to see the relevant Bible stories on the walls?

All the kids took the handout home (they can leave them on the desk if they don't want them). The parents will probably see it, and their children may catechize them a bit. (Equipping the children to teach their parents is a constant motivation in Wednesday Sunday School.)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Fine Art 8: Van Eyck'll Do in a Pinch


A major goal of the Holy Tornado class is to show the relationship between Heavenly and Earthly worship at Mass. 90% of the visual support is drawn on the fly while reading from the Bible or the Missalette. I like to draw and talk at the same time because it's easy to maintain the kids' interest that way.

On the other hand, not everyone likes to draw. Fortunately, most catechetical stuff I like to sketch is also available as fine art; so if I (or you) wanted to skip the board & markers it'd be no problem to run the class with a handout.

As an example, have a look at this panel from Jan van Eyck's Ghent Altarpiece:

Every year I use this image to discuss the Heavenly Worship outlined in Revelations and expanded upon in Eucharistic Prayer 1. Or I draw instead.  But when I don't draw, this works fine. I mean, van Eyck probably spent a whole day on it, while I slap out my pictures in seconds.

As it happens, My Wife the Art Historian treats this work in her textbook [Reflections on Art, Janet LeBlanc, copyrighted]. Let's take a quick excerpted tour through the incredible Biblical and Catholic content of the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (1432):


"As noted earlier, the Lamb of God is Christ, whose blood was shed for the salvation of those who follow him. He is shown here on an altar, pouring out his blood into a chalice, thereby representing the Holy Eucharist offered up at Mass as the perpetual sacrifice of Christ. Two angels in the foreground swing censers high to release the sweet-smelling smoke of incense to carry the prayers of the faithful to heaven. The angels with censers are straight from the Book of Revelation, where they stand before the throne of God as angels sing Holy Holy Holy. The Mass therefore echoes on earth what is happening forever in heaven. The altar is surrounded by a host of angels. Four angels toward the back hold the instruments of the Passion, reminders of the means by which Christ was tortured and offered himself in sacrifice. On the left, one angel holds a large cross, and in his hand we see the crown of thorns. Next to him in an angel holding the nails used to hang Christ on the cross, and in the other hand this angel has the lance used to pierce Christ’s side. Across from them an angel steadies a column to remind us of Christ’s flagellation where he was whipped, and another angel holds the whip, and also a very tall pole with a sponge on top. This last object is a curious inclusion, but we will see it again. It’s the hyssop branch that was used to raise the wine to Christ’s lips during the Crucifixion, as described in the Gospel of John, and after drinking from the sponge, Christ said, ‘it is finished’ and he died.

This last object is not a means of torture like the others, but rather a critical component in understanding the Eucharist, which, after all, is the primary theme of this altarpiece. The institution of the Eucharist in the Bible begins at the Last Supper, which is accepted as the Passover Seder (feast). Passover, in turn, is the Jewish memorial to the original pass over in Egypt during the days of Moses (see Exodus chapter 12). After ten plagues were sent by God to persuade the pharaoh to let the Hebrews go free, God sent one last devastating blow; he killed all the firstborn across the land. The Jews were instructed that to have the hand of death pass over them and spare them, they were to slaughter a perfect lamb, they are use a hyssop branch to spread his blood above their doorpost, and then to prepare and eat the lamb. God was quite specific spelling out the details. In the Upper Room at the Last Supper, Jesus blessed the bread and stated that it was his body, which they must eat, and blessing the cup of wine, he claimed it was his blood which they must drink. Passover Seders according to the haggadah (the “program” for a Seder) of Jesus’ time passed the cup four times among the participants as they recited the Scripture accounts of the passover in Egypt from Exodus 12. The first part of the Seder was a festival blessing over the first cup of wine, which was served with bitter herbs. The second cup was blessed and passed after reciting the Passover narrative from Exodus and singing Psalm 113 (the Little Hallel). The third cup was the “cup of blessing” which followed the main meal of unleavened bread and lamb, which was followed by singing the Great Hallel which included the hymns of Psalms 114 through 118, and finally the fourth cup of wine was shared to end the Seder.

In the Gospels, the account of the Last Supper comes in with the third cup. Jesus blesses the bread, which is part of the main meal, then blesses the wine. Afterward they sing a hymn (the Great Hallel), but there is no mention of them completing the passover with the fourth cup. In fact before the great hymn, Christ says specifically that he will not taste the fruit of the vine again until he comes into his kingdom. It is not until the moment of his imminent death that Christ accepts the wine lifted up to him on a sponge, and at that moment he proclaims that “it is finished.” What is finished is the Passover, and with it the institution of the Eucharist and the New Covenant.

Below the altar of the lamb in the picture we find a rather interesting fountain spouting water from ten jets plus two more from the palms of the angel atop the fountain for a total of twelve, making reference to the twelve tribes of Israel as well as the twelve Apostles. The fountain itself is the fountain of life through baptism, and you may notice there is a small tap at the base of the fountain pool allowing the living water to stream out toward the viewer.

Surrounding this inner scene are several distinct groups of people, all humbled in the presence of the lamb and paying him homage. On the left in the foreground are Old Testament prophets and patriarchs witnessing the lamb’s sacrifice with reverence. Many hold their books in which they prophesied the coming Messiah. Behind them are pagans who lived their lives in pursuit of truth and who many believe anticipated Christianity, among them the great poet, Virgil, who can be singled out in his white robes wearing a laurel wreath on his head.

On the right are the kneeling Apostles dressed in beige robes. Without attributes it is impossible to tell one from another, except John the Evangelist who is clean-shaven. Curiously, if you count them you will come up with thirteen. Saint Paul is included here (see the bald guy in the back) and either his sidekick Barnabus was included, or more likely Matthias, the Apostle chosen replaced Judas Iscariot. Behind them are their successors through Apostolic Succession, the leaders of the Church, dressed in red robes to indicate that all those present here were martyred. First we see three popes; note their papal tiaras of the same style that the Lord wears above in heaven. Then in the second row we see a couple monks with their heads shaved in tonsure, and several bishops with their tall pointy miters. Further back stream a host of others not specifically identified as clergy.

Moving to the background, on the left we see more clergymen, bishops in their miters, and cardinals in their wide-brimmed red hats called galeros. Again we see monks sprinkled in among them. These men are dressed in blue to connote they did not die a martyr’s death. Opposite them on the right are the Virgin Martyrs waving their palm fronds, symbols of their martyrdom. The four in front are all identifiable by their attributes (or at least three of them are). Furthest away is Saint Agnes in the red skirt, who cuddles her lamb, and next to her is Saint Barbara who holds her attribute, a tower. Next is supposedly Saint Catherine of Alexandria according to some scholars, but she should have a wheel which is her attribute, and I for one do not see it there, but it could have been lost in repainting and cleaning over the centuries. Other scholars have suggested that it is Saint Ursula, but I cannot find her attribute of an arrow either, so who knows? Last is Saint Dorothy with her attribute basket of roses. A magnificent distant landscape spans the entire center panel. The city on the right behind the female martyrs in particular is believed by many to be the artist’s vision of the New Jerusalem as it is composed entirely of Churches."  (copyright 2012, Reflections on Art, Janet LeBlanc. All rights reserved.)

This image has more content than I have time for in my 6th-grade syllabus. Regardless, the kids love to take a few minutes figuring out who and what everything is, with help from me only as required.

On the other hand, a blow-up of the center is just right for my lesson plan's pacing and focus:


This is the essence of my Heavenly Liturgy sketch. And again, if the goal is to show the fusion of Heaven & Earth at Mass, the above detail would go well with Ariel Agemian's evergreen image of the Liturgy on Earth:


Someday I may butt them like so on lettersize (but match widths)...

 
...and add a couple of lines from Revelations at the top; and something from the Missalette at the bottom. Maybe I will do this next year....a great handout for the kids.

And a great handout for the parents as well.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Pitchers 12: Holy Tornado

The April 11 class introduced the Mass and covered the Liturgy of the Word; it was a straightforward lesson plan. The April 18 class is the first of two on the Liturgy of the Eucharist, which are way more dynamic. Lots of drawing accompanied our progress through the Missalette. Kids love to think big and draw conclusions; they were so adept at integrating Bible stuff they'd learned this year into the Mass that I think it was the best class I've ever had in 11 years of catechizing. Everything we discussed has been covered in older posts; this one will stick to the graphics, and skip most of reading and discussion.

The board from April 18:


 1. Recap of the word Liturgy/ Leitourgos, the People's Work. It matters that we have to provide the bread and wine; Jesus won't make his Body & Blood out of wheat & grape juice.

2. Referring to the Missalette, we start with God's gifts to us of wheat & grapes. We do the "work of human hands" and transform them into bread and wine. This offering isn't a valuable enough sacrifice to atone for our sins, so we ask God "that it may become for us the Body and Blood of your most beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ." [Body & Blood were later erased.]

3. So there is People-work and also...God-work. Yes. And if there is worship on Earth, then there might also be...worship in Heaven? Yes. In fact there's a bit of Revelations that my Bible calls the "Vision of Heavenly Worship," so let's have a look at that.

4. I read and draw: “I was caught up in spirit. A throne was there in heaven, and on the throne sat one whose appearance sparkled like jasper and carnelian." Who's on the throne? Jesus! No! God! Which flavor? God the Father! Yes. "Around the throne was a halo as brilliant as an emerald. Surrounding the throne I saw twenty-four other thrones on which twenty-four elders sat, dressed in white garments and with gold crowns on their heads." Remember from the Greek word for elder we get the word...priest. Yes.  How many per side? 12? Yes, but I'm not drawing all of them. Tell me about what 12s might be right around the throne...12 apostles! Yes, and...Israel had some sons...Israel's 12 sons! Not just the sons, the descendants too...the 12 tribes! Yes. Both Old and New Testaments, and Old and New...Covenants? Yes.

"In the center and around the throne, there were four living creatures covered with eyes in front and in back...each of them with six wings. Here's one of them, usually in art they're are shown as a head with 6 wings. Six-winged creatures are usually Seraphim, fiery ones, kind of like Cherubim, the near ones."

"Day and night they do not stop exclaiming:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty,
who was, and who is, and who is to come.”

Where've you heard that before? At Mass! Yes. "[T]he twenty-four elders fall down before the one who sits on the throne and worship him, who lives forever and ever." There it is, Heavenly Worship. "Then I saw standing in the midst of the throne and the four living creatures and the elders, a Lamb that seemed to have been slain." There ya go, blood'n'everything. Why's the Lamb bloody? 'Cause he was crucified. Yes.

"[The four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each of the elders held a harp and gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the holy ones." Here's the incense going up. And if they have harps what are they doing? Playing them. I mean besides that. Singing? Yes. "They sang a new hymn."

5. So all that's going on in Heaven, a lot like what we do on Earth. We sing hymns, and burn incense. And this is...the altar. Yes, and it's also...a table. Yes, thank you...why? 'Cause we eat the Last Supper! Yes. This guy is...the priest, and he's offering...Body'n' Blood! Not yet! It's still bread'n'wine. [More reading & discussing Eucharistic Prayer 1] The arrow from Earth to the Father passes through the Lamb to show we don't go straight to the Father. This will matter next week, when we see the Lamb is both our High Priest and the Offering.

6. To help understand the Consecration, we look at my all-time favorite handout:


I draw a tornado to introduce the idea of Heaven and Earth being connected for a short time. That goes well with the swirly stuff above which I call the Holy Tornado. Now I go back to drawing 5, and add a Holy Tornado to connect Heaven and Earth. I also add an altar in heaven behind the Lamb, per: "command that these gifts be borne by the hands of your holy Angel to your altar on high."

7. Our planet with worldwide Masses going on 24/7, and Holy Tornadoes continuously connecting Heaven to Earth. "For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name is great among the nations, and in every place incense is offered to my name, and a pure offering."

8. As usual, someone asks if it's really Jesus' Body & Blood. I draw the Food Pyramid. We look at each of the miracles 1 through 5; the kids agree they were real miracles, not symbolic. Then the Pyramid is capped with the Last Supper miracle. Would this make sense:

a. Old Testament miracles 1-3, mediated by regular sinful humans, produce real miraculous food.

b. In the New Testament, Jesus himself works two real food miracles. (Yes, wine is food. Don't argue.)

c. Then at the Last Supper he just does something symbolic? No way.

The horizontal line separates the top miracle from miracles 1-5, which had only physical significance. This emphasizes that the Last Supper miracle had a spiritual component the others lacked: "Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die."

The next class is the last class of the year in which we wrap up the Liturgy of the Eucharist with special attention to Jesus acting as the High Priest per Leviticus and the Epistle to the Hebrews; and how that role fits into the liturgy in a Catholic church.

Monday, April 16, 2012

The One

This post links to RAnn's Sunday Snippets 


When I was 12 years old or so I first played the WW2 naval wargame Bismarck, and learned about Scapa Flow, an odd patch of water in northern Scotland where the British fleet was based during the World Wars.

A couple of months ago I started reading Castles of Steel, about the the naval war in WW1. Castles spends careful time on what I call management issues, including the British decision to base the Grand Fleet in the north to directly confront the Germans, rather than keeping it at Portsmouth on England's southern coast. I had a look at Scapa Flow on Google Earth to get a sense of the place, tried to imagine maintaining and protecting fabulously complicated and expensive ships in such a desolate wash.

My wife & I were having drinks on the porch this weekend, and I was percolating on Scapa. I tend to tell her bits of stuff I read that I think she'll find interesting (or not) and figured I should give a bit of intro before just jumping into this obscure topic. I get about a dozen words out and she says, "Oh, you mean Scapa Flow; go ahead." So I ask how in the world would she know about such an obscure place? Why, because before we were married, she was doing marine archaeology doctoral work at the University of St. Andrews (Chariots of Fire) in Scotland, where Scapa is known as a great place for diving on wrecks. In fact, over one holiday her friends went to Scapa, while she opted for a warmer Mediterranean break at Rhodes.

And I'm thinking maybe 1% of Americans have ever heard of Scapa Flow. And of that 1%, 99% must be men with an interest in military history. So my wife would be 1% of 1%.

Just goes to show what very careful job God did of picking her for me.

Friday, April 13, 2012

One for Reading, One for Offering, One for Both


The April 11 class covered the Mass up through the Homily. The introductory first 30 minutes looked at some key parts of Acts 3-5:

Acts 3:1 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer...  [Being Jews, the apostles still go to the Temple.]

2 And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at that gate of the temple which is called Beautiful to ask alms of those who entered the temple. [Who does this sound like? The blind man! Yes, or? The paralyzed man. Yes, and then? Jesus will heal him! No, Jesus is in heaven. The apostles! Well, an apostle, which one? Peter! Yes, the #1 apostle. Who was also...the first pope. Yes.]

6 But Peter said, "I have no silver and gold, but I give you what I have; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk." 7 And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God... 11 While he clung to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the portico called Solomons, astounded. [The people are getting all cranked up like they would when Jesus did this sort of thing. And who is going to get aggravated? The Pharisees. Yes, and? The High Priest? Yes, the Temple staff.]

Acts 4:1 And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, annoyed [aggravated!] because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3 And they arrested them and put them in custody... [That didn't take long.]

5 On the morrow their rulers and elders and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem, 6 with Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. [There you go, all the aggravated bigshots!]

13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they wondered; and they recognized that they had been with Jesus. [Uh-oh...killing Jesus was supposed to fix this problem. Now it's worse!]

14 But seeing the man that had been healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition. "What shall we do with these men? For that a notable sign has been performed through them is manifest to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17 But in order that it may spread no further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to any one in this name." 18 So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. [So, do you think the apostles agreed to shut up about Jesus? No! Right!]

Acts 5:12 Now many signs and wonders were done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon's Portico. [Back at the Temple again.]

14 And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women, 15 so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and pallets, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might overshadow some of them. [I like how Peter's shadow 'overshadows' people to heal them. Tell me about some other overshadowing y'all know. The Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary. Yes, good. Who told her? Umm...Gabriel! Yes. Another overshadowing?  The angels' wings over the Ark? Yes, the cherubims' wings. Any more? Remember the Shekhinah? The cloud over the Tent! Yes. Now Peter mediates God's power such that he can overshadow, too.]

17 But the high priest rose up and all who were with him, that is, the party of the Sadducees, and filled with jealousy 18 they arrested the apostles and put them in the common prison. [Now they are past just talking tough.]

19 But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out and said, 20 "Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life." [Now who else did God tell to 'Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people'? Jesus? Well, Jesus did that without being told. But who did God tell...no guesses, that's ok: Jeremiah.]

[The next day]...the captain with the officers went and brought them, but without violence, for they were afraid of being stoned by the people. 27 And the high priest questioned them, 28 saying, "We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you intend to bring this man's blood upon us." 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men." 33 When they heard this they were enraged and wanted to kill them. [Who are you reminded of? Jesus! Yes.] 

[After] they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. [The Temple staff is aggravated enough now that the apostles may be beaten up or thrown into prison or even killed if they keep blabbing about Jesus in the Temple or synagogues.]

All of that intro is to show the kids that the New Covenant Jewish Christians aren't going be accepted by the wider Old Covenant Jewish community, and wind up going their separate way. They were used to attending Synagogue on Saturday, where they'd read or hear Scripture, pray, sing Psalms and hymns, and listen to the Rabbi comment on the readings. On Sundays at people's houses they'd remember Easter, the Last Supper,  and Jesus' sacrifice. But that pattern has to change. 

"OK, let's draw a picture of the Temple...here's the courtyard where Isaiah, Jeremiah, Jesus and the Apostles would annoy the Levites. But the Christians aren't welcome there anymore; they're too annoying. And here's a Synagogue. Christians can't go there anymore either. But that's fine, they have a New Covenant and a new Lamb anyway. So what do Christians do when peoples' houses become too small for the congregation? They build a church? Yes. Here ya go. So over here are the Old Covenant buildings, and the church is...the New Covenant building. Yes. And what happens in a Catholic church is the New Covenant version of what happened the Old Covenant synagogues and the Temple. So- what happens in a Catholic church? Funerals? I mean on Sundays. Mass. Yes. The Mass combines the synagogue and the Temple. 

"What happens in a synagogue? They read and sing? Yes, and pray; and then the Rabbi...juggles? No, he talks about stuff. Yes, usually he would comment on the readings. And do we do that in church? Yes. Right, in the first half of the Mass. 

"And at the Temple? People sacrifice?  Yes, usually...a...Lamb! Yes, remind me though: what happens to the Lamb first? They kill it. Yes, then? They offer it. Yes. At Mass we don't kill the Lamb though, we just...offer it? Yes, like Jesus offered himself at...the Last Supper! Yes, good. That's the second half of the Mass.  


One for reading, one for offering, one for both.

"Now that we know the Old Covenant background, let's see how the New Covenant Mass works. Instead of using the Bible we'll discuss bits from this Missal. So what's the first thing that happens at Mass? The priest comes in! No! We sing! No! The bell rings! Yes........"

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Res Ipsa Loquitur 13: Odds'n'Ends



Class on March 28 covered the end times in Revelations, mostly chapters 19-22. These are some bits from that class, not all of them strictly adhering to the lesson plan.

1. For Riparians, a short digression on Adam & Eve while handing out a few rubber vocation bracelets.

2. While discussing the Final Judgment, the subject of Purgatory came up again. That worked out well because I was only a page away from a helpful verse at the time.

3. The lesson plan ended 6 minutes early. I had this bit on palmers in reserve.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Greenville-Ephrathah 5

 Li'l 'phrathah

From St. Mary's pastor:

St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenville, SC will be the site of the first ordination for the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. On Wednesday 11 April 2012, Jon David Chalmers will be ordained to the diaconate and on Sunday 3 June 2012 he will be ordained to the priesthood for service in the Ordinariate. Jon has been called to Holy Orders by the Ordinary, Monsignor Jeffrey Steenson, and he will be ordained by the Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone, Bishop of Charleston. The diaconal ordination on April 11th is at 12 noon, and all are welcome.