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christopher schaefer said in April 1st, 2018 at 9:47 pm

This is a beautiful example of how the Church through the centuries has combined popular devotions with the Latin liturgical tradition. This parish, which has a large percentage of parishioners from Latin America, annually holds the Procesión de Cristo muerto through the city streets, shortly after the conclusion of the pre-1955 Good Friday Mass of the Presanctified. When the procession returns to the church, the image of the Dead Christ is washed and anointed, while the traditional Latin form of Compline is sung (with choir kneeling at Communion rail). During the Gospel canticle ‘Nunc Dimittis’, the priest incenses the image and the faithful then take turns keeping vigil at the Tomb through the night, until the singing of Matins and Lauds the next morning (just as they kept vigil the previous night at the altar of repose).

Joseph Rodriguez said in April 1st, 2018 at 10:05 pm

What a beautiful expression of faith. I wish we, here in Georgia, had something similar.

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