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 sing the liturgy; a dignified departure

Farewell and Godspeed

- My deepest gratitude for everyone's support and to those who attended -
BPJ

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- Getting a loved one's name on The List requires an appointment
- Masses for individuals at the Cathedral are not offered. These are group requiems and your loved one's name will be read aloud along with others for that day
- Incense ritual: just before Mass the priests enter in single file led by an acolyte swinging a small metal container of burning incense on a chain. With each swing the puffs of smoke rise higher as everyone makes their way to the altar
- Victor Hugo's original novel was called "Notre Dame de Paris" not "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," considered a spoiler title
- The Cathedral was built in 1163
 
Since the April 15, 2019 fire a tentative re-opening of the Cathedral is scheduled for 2024
 
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