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Hmm, nothing about this so far . . .

Yesterday, St. Sharbel was consecrated in Las Vegas. Their bishop and five priests, as well as the pastor, concelebrated. I believe all five were former pastors (or whatever the correct term for a priest assigned to a mission is!).

In his homily, the bishop noted that the term "sin city" for las vegas may not be appropriate, as more prayers are offered in casinos than in many churches

He also commented that the last time he had been there, he had gotten comments lamenting that the liturgy was not entirely in Arabic. He was very firm about the use of English, that the church was growing, and that it would not grow if parishioners brought friends and neighbors only to have them not understand a word. He pointed out their Patriarch's emphasis on the fact that there are now more Maronites outside of Lebanon than within. I commented to him afterwords that I probably would not have been drawn into the Byzantine Church had it been entirely in Slavonic. His response included banging his head against the wall smile

I was there as a Knights of Columbus honor guard. At the last moment, I was handed an icon with the comment, "You're tall! Carry this!" for the entrance procession, so my sword didn't come out until the Anaphora. (And sometime between, the thought hit me that, never having heard it before, I had absolutely no idea how long it would be, and hoped that it would be shorter than St. Basil's smile . . . I made it through, though my arm was sure feeling it by the end [When a bishop asks me to salute, I'm sure going to do it . . . an amazing number of priests these days are demanding that the Knights show up for something, then insisting our swords stay outside]).

Anyway, I was certainly impressed by their bishop--and also by the hospitality of the parishioners. Now we need to learn to make those thyme & cheese pizzas. They'll be great for the Great Fast this year . . .

There is a "module" with the actual church; we didn't end up in there--they used the hall, which is larger than most non Roman Catholic churches. I don't think that crowd would have fit in that little building . . .

I was surprised that they had a female alter server.

This makes three Eastern Catholic parishes in town. There is also a bi-ritual mission that still hasn't opened. I think this is easily the largest of the three. (I understand that the Chaldeans are building a parish, too, and that there is an Ethiopian Catholic group that gets a priest about once a month).

There's probably a lot more that I'm forgetting. I had a sword rather than a camera, so I have no pictures to offer.

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Dear Hawk,

Take heart - you are always welcome to our services here in Dublin, and please leave your sword somewhere else! In return, I shall offer a prayer on your behalf to Saint Thomas of Canterbury (who was martyred in his own cathedral by the swords of four misguided knights at the instigation of Henry II).

I have a friend who likes to collect interesting swords, and has quite a number of them. But I've never known him to bring one to church.

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Father, your prayer is greatly appreciated.

I doubt if I could bring the sword on an airplane, even though it is unedged . . .

We are trying to find my great-grandfather's sword from the Knights; the uncle with whom it was last known to be was past remembering such things by the time I knew to ask. Given its age (early twentieth century), it may well have an edge (I don't know when the KofC proscribed them).

One more tidbit from Sunday: a little girl asked her mother why I was dresses as a pirate smile

When I eventually make it to Dublin, I will definitely be making it to your services. I suspect that the next several years of college tuition will push the trip further and further into the future frown

hawk


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