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Monday, December 13, 2010

Church architecture 101

The prize for correctly identifying the wooden, narthex frontispiece upon which the new Channel 15 camera was permanently mounted goes to Ms. Barbara Osborne of the Council Secretariat. Congratulations, Barbara!

(Second prize goes to the first Society member who can correctly identify the arcane architectural term: "chapel.")

Speaking of rood screen, we may have inadvertently begun a new liturgical tradition here at Mother Knoll last Wednesday on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, when, in the midst of Fr. Mike Duggan's Eucharistic prayer, one of the two concelebrants was inspired to open the rood screen. He didn't succeed. So he was joined by the other concelebrant but, even after much rattling and pulling, the screen remained stubbornly closed. The spectacle was distracting enough to everyone to cast doubt on the validity of the Mass for all but the main celebrant.

On Tuesday (tomorrow) at 3:00 p.m. we will hold our annual Employees Christmas Prayer Service followed by a Christmas Party. The party will be in the dining room; the prayer service will be held in the main space between the narthex frontispiece and the rood screen.

On Wednesday, December 15, at 3:00 p.m., Fr. Ed Dougherty will hold a Town Hall meeting in the Asia Room with Society members. The topic has not been announced, in keeping with everything else.

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