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Another Procession

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Over the course of four hours, as we did the 14 Stations, we walked through the Lower East Side and the East and West Village — as far east as Tompkins Square Park, as far west as Washington Street, and as far north as Union Square Park. Wherever we went, the wooden cross went first, lifted high by one of the men. A few other participants carried tall torches, which also served to relight walkers’ candles. Many walkers carried palm leaves; a few palm leaves were also draped around the cross.

We did the Stations mostly outside churches — Catholic ones — including a Latino church, a Polish one (St. Stanislaus), and one that I think was Slovenian (St. Cyril’s). The diversity of ethnic churches within a few square miles was a beautiful reminder of Catholicism’s universality.


We did most of the other Stations at parks. At Union Square, we found ourselves beneath a stunning statue on a high pedestal of Mary holding the baby Jesus, with John the Baptist standing by. (I cannot find any mention of this online and would love it if someone could tell me more about it.) I’ve walked by that spot numerous times , mostly during the years before I was a Christian, and I don’t recall ever noticing it before. It’s a mysterious reminder of Jesus and His Mother, placed in one of the city’s most famously anti-Christian locations (which has hosted countless communist and socialist protests over the years).

We also did one Station, the second, at a place where thousands of innocent people had been killed. It was at Margaret Sanger Square, at the side of Planned Parenthood of New York City’s headquarters.

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Clare Krishan

posted April 15, 2006 at 6:09 pm

Gaudy to Dawn Eden and all being received into the Church tonight!
FYI intrigued by the association of the “Dream of the Rood” with the Ruthwell Cross (unable to post at that link) consider this gem of visual literacy in sacred imagery as the Litany of the Saints reverberates in your ears:
[listen at
” ‘THE RUTHWELL CRUCIFIXION POEM IN ITS ICONOGRAPHIC AND LITURGICAL CONTEXTS’ ABSTRACT: The Northumbrian vernacular crucifixion poem is integrated with the iconographic programme on the eighth-century Ruthwell Cross. The first half of the poem is related to the panels on the first broad side. These reflect Roman lenten ceremonies for the catechumenate. The poem’s stress on Christ’s divine will and human courage may reflect the rejection of monotheletism at the synod of Hatfield (679). The second half of the poem is related to and completed by the eucharistic iconography on the second broad side. It reflects the emphasis on traditio in the catechumenate, the use of the kenotic lection Phil. 2:5-11 on the sixth Sunday of Lent, and the Roman Good Friday stational procession to Santa Croce in Gerusalemme. The cross is designed to be read sunwise (OIr. dessel). The poem’s incipit is reminiscent of the prose collect for sext in the Antiphonary of Bangor. ”
(written in the ’80s by Éamonn Ó Carragáin, Department of English, University College, Cork, Ireland in {Peritia 6-7 (1987-88) 1-71 Cork ISSN 0332-1592})
At the Easter Vigil, let your minds eye wander to Beowulf’s fellow catechumens reciting their scrutinies in an AngloSaxon churchyard at midnight a thousand years ago!
For general interest background info
(can’t guarantee these academics were privy to “woman at the well/blind man sees/Mary, Martha and Lazarus” scrutinies as part of their scholastic training, thus may or may not be illuminated by the Light of Revelation
— JPII ora ‘Ut Unum Sint’ pro nobis–)
Podcast of excerpt at
and realaudio at

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posted April 16, 2006 at 6:47 am

Another very fine post from Dawn Eden (as is the subsequent one!)The Church is inded blessed by having the bloggers like her and Amy Welborn who are reaching out to so many via the new technologh.

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posted April 16, 2006 at 10:15 am

Happy Easter! Christos Anesti!

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Fr. Stephanos, O.S.B.

posted April 16, 2006 at 11:03 am

“I have seen the Lord!”

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