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Business as usual

The video below is that of yesterday's Closing Mass for the Religious Education Congress of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, which took place from March 14 to 16 of this year. Making this Mass even more special was the presence not just of Cardinal Mahony -- who had been barred from public duties for all of one day in 2013 before Archbishop Gomez had to retreat -- but also of Cardinal Maradiaga, the powerful Coordinator of the Council of Cardinals. 

Among other things: lots of dancing, a denuded altar-table for the duration of the "Liturgy of the Word", a glass plate for the main host, the wine consecrated while still in glass pitchers prominently distributed around the table, baskets for the hosts, the whole congregation singing the doxology at the end of the Eucharistic Prayer. Business as usual ... and this year right in the presence of the one of the Holy Father's most influential advisers.