RE: [liturgy-l] Liturgical Premonition
- "How many pallia does the pope have?"
....as many as he wants.
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2013 16:43:39 -0500
Subject: Re: [liturgy-l] Liturgical PremonitionHow many pallia does the pope have?
On Feb 12, 2013, at 4:37 PM, Douglas Cowling <cowling.douglas@...> wrote:How could the pope's resignation be a surprise if we know how to read the liturgy?NY TIMES: The Humble Pope By CAROL ZALESKI February 11, 2013"Pope Benedict XVI is the latest of a small number of popes to resign the chair of St. Peter. The most famous of these — the one whose resignation had all the earmarks of an abdication — was Pietro del Morrone, Pope Celestine V, the saintly Benedictine hermit who resigned in 1294 after only a few months, realizing that he was called to serve his church through prayer and penance rather than bitter politics and gorgeous, endless public ceremonies.
It was a decision Benedict honored. In July 2010 he attended the celebration of the 800th anniversary of Celestine’s birth in Sulmona, Italy, and spoke of this medieval pontiff’s capacity for inner silence and “vivid experience of the beauty of creation.”
The previous year, while visiting the same region after a devastating earthquake, Benedict placed his pallium — the narrow band of wool with which he was invested at his inauguration — over the case containing Celestine’s remains, and left it behind. It was a significant foreshadowing of the moment when he too would resign and, like Celestine, face the uncertain verdict of history."
It was a given.Doug CowlingDirector of MusicSt. Philip's Church, EtobicokeToronto