Tuesday, July 12, 2005

In the Presence of the Saints of God

It's been a few weeks, but I want to share this great picture from our recent ordination liturgy. During the Litany of the Saints, those to be ordained prostrate themselves in the midst of the people of God. There are few things in our tradition that I find more moving than this!


Anonymous Omis I. Dlaykadrinck said...

Very cool.

The only ordination I've been to was in LA in round-about '90 or '91. The candidates laid protrate in front of the altar, though.

Is the practice of laying in the center aisle a uniquely Jesuit practice?

2:45 PM  
Blogger Mark Mossa, SJ said...

I don't think there's anything particularly Jesuit about it. I think it may just be a practical matter, depending upon how big the sanctuary is, etc. However, I do like the symbolism of being amongst the congregation.

4:42 PM  
Blogger angelmeg said...

Some day in the not too distant future that will be you my friend. Wow, I love the symbolims of that gesture.


8:31 PM  
Blogger ShadowMayhem said...

the symbolism is great. Very powerful and moving.

10:08 PM  
Blogger Mark Mossa, SJ said...

Me? As Neo would say . . . Whoa . . .

10:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a waste, to serve a Church that condems gays to illegal commitments and makes aids more easier to infect our youth, a Pope that just recently permited an attack on Darwin and now attack Harry Potter. Why dont the Jesuits stand up and protest the silly things Rome is doing?

4:05 PM  
Blogger Mark Mossa, SJ said...

If the Church could so simply and easily be boiled down to just that, perhaps it might be a waste. But I serve Jesus Christ and his Church, as imperfect as it might be. I have difficulties with some of the Church's teachings, and I don't agree with everything the Pope says or does. But for reasons he knows better than I, Christ has called me to serve him in this Church. My primary responsibility, as Jesus has made clear, is to serve people in their need. If I do that, I hope that my work will also speak to those things you've mentioned and, if change is needed, I will hopefully help people to see that. That cannot be a waste, from any perspective.

5:13 PM  
Blogger Susan Rose, CSJP said...

Love your answer Mark.

And thanks for the picture.

Leaves me filled with gratitude and hope.

10:48 PM  
Blogger ~m2~ said...

i love this picture! it personifies what i posted about today's readings ("...take off your sandals, you are standing on holy ground...")

nice response to anonymous. i agree wholeheartedly :)

3:25 AM  
Blogger Natty said...

That picture--indeed any picture of prostration--gives me chills... very good ones. Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

12:31 PM  

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