25 September 2016

Holy smoke

In Memoriam: The tradition of offering Masses for the dead originated in the very early Church. Beautiful service today at Notre-Dame Cathedral, setting of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," Ralph's favorite novel and a fitting end to his story. Above, the priests' arrival is heralded by incense. A soloist and backup choir sang the liturgy. Last photo, a dignified departure.

Farewell My Beloved Big Brothers and Godspeed
- Born, and died, within one year of each other -

[Deepest gratitude for everyone's support and to those who attended]

FAQ answers:
- To get "on The List" an appointment is required and a Mass is scheduled by date availability.

- Incense ritual: just before the Mass starts a small metal container of burning incense is swung on a chain to lead the way, followed by the priest+entourage. With each swing of the chain puffs of smoke rise higher.
- Victor Hugo's original title was not "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," a spoiler title. It was "Notre Dame de Paris."
- The Cathedral was built in the medieval ages, in 1163.

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