Rorate Caeli

Here come the Vestals!


Oops, sorry, our mistake. It is the entrance procession at the closing mass (Sunday, Apr. 14, 2013) of the retreat of the Bishops taking part in the 51st General Assembly of the Brazilian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CNBB), in the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady, in Aparecida, Brazil.

(Courtesy of our friends at Fratres in Unum.)

28 comments:

John Fisher said...

They are called poison chalices. These rhine maidens give them to the episcopal conference. Or its the spirit of the council..the bishops poor it on themselves and ignite...or its a medical procedure. It could rven be venom after avery large snake has been milked...?
Very very Wagnerian showing the German influence in Argentina!

Thoughts At My Back Door said...

statue of liberty?

A Canberra Observer said...

vomit.

UnamSanctam said...

God in Heaven.

JabbaPapa said...

Urrrgh !!!

Straightforward paganism.

The Rad Trad said...

Wouldn't be shocked to see these Vestals in Rome soon, given the secularization of the City.

Long-Skirts said...

PROTESTANT
PEPPERED

Protestant peppered
No seasoned salt
Sneezy, sleazy
A theological gestalt.

Girls in green dresses
Boys are erased
Holding strange vessels
Look pagan-debased.

Insist they are Catholic
Both holy and hot
In the world of the world
Like the poor wife of Lot.

There's the peoples' priest
Not much does he do
As the sheep in the nave
Sits like them in their pew.

Throw in some Latin
A little peppered and Psaltered --
But a huge disconnection
For the Sacrifice is altered!

JPG said...

I thought it was a photo of Time Square or outside a souvenir shop on Fifth Ave in the thirties. Maybe a Statue of Liberty lookalike convention. The jars are to collect the change fr the missing matching facepaint.
JPG

Dan Simpson said...

They probably just got off work spinning signs outside of a Tax Preparation Office and did not have time to go home to change before Mass.

JPG said...

My sense does not go to paganism but to the overwhelming desire to laugh when seeing these photos. What is astounding is that the participants in these liturgies do not feel the same way. Benedict XVI in i think the Spirit of the Liturgy said Liturgical dance had no place in Christian Worship. I read that a few years ago and have felt that way since College.I graduated in 1981 the glory days if you will of rainbow stoles Liturgical dance which again provoked snickers from the congregation. I disliked it then and dislike it now.
JPG

Rick DeLano said...

Comment of the day there, Dan Simpson :-)

Athelstane said...

What is the significance of these vessels and dresses? What is in the vessels? Water?

I've never seen anything like this before.

New Catholic said...

It's for the Asperges - sorry, is the NO name for this different?...

Wormwood said...

Just about anything goes in the NO mass. What will they think of next?

LeonG said...

Prophet Daniel always springs to mind when I see this. In those days, women were in the holy places committing pagan acts alongside many acts of sacrilege and blasphemy. I now have a massive file of liturgical abuses since 1970: many are totally outrageous and ultimately very insulting to our Faith. Cardinal Pacelli was correct to describe the folly of changing the Faith liturgically which is an act of suicide; not a word to be used lightly by such a man.

RipK said...

Are they wearing green because it is springtime in the Catholic Church?

Sancrucensis said...

But haven't we seen something like this before (only in white instead of green)?: http://www.vfks.de/pic/001/primizfeier%203.1956.jpg

Thales said...

The cultural references of the 'liturgists' who make up this kind of thing would probably have to improve an awful lot for it to be any sort of far away "Wagnerian German influence". I'd bet they never even heard of Wagner. Even to be a serious neopaganist it takes a lot more interest and study of cultural traditions and references than that which most of my average fellow countrymen would be prepared to invest when making up something to 'modernize' the Church. It's probably just some kitsch new age reference at best...

David Werling said...

However, there are no "fools" in that picture who want to turn the clock back, thank goodness!

2d39a632-a6f4-11e2-85f1-000bcdcb2996 said...

Positively degenerate!

Beefy Levinson said...

They're in full communion folks, nothing to see here.

ka said...

hyssop branches and Gregorian water for the bishop

NBW said...

So pagan!

Auriel Ragmon said...

Mahoney must be very jealous!

Steve Dalton said...

They look like giant wine or cocktail glasses to me. Bottoms up!

catholicscout said...

Antiquity? Spirit of VII strikes again!

Server 1 "What on earth is going on there?!"

Server 2 "So, what is going on there is four women, dressed in green, with leaves in their hair, holding vases of water and twigs of hyssop, are processing in advance of the Gospel, during the entrance procession of the Mass."

Server 1 "..." "and then what?"

Server 2 "Well, I suppose, they will be accompanying the Bishops as they asperge the congregation."

Server 1 "..." "But they look like Pagan Vestals!"

Server 2 "Well, yes, sort of"

Server 1 "Sort of?!?"

Server 2 "Yes, well, at least one of them has a ring on her wedding finger..."

Lee L-J said...

Give me a hammer, men of zealous faith and prayers and I shall happily go and 'deal' with those who allowed this and also deal with this particular church as well. It needs cleansing !

St. Corbinian's Bear said...

Always look on the bright side. At least they're decently clothed.