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 -


- Getting a loved one's name on The List requires an appointment
- Incense ritual: just before Mass starts a small metal container of burning incense is swung on a chain, followed by an entourage of priests. With each swing of the chain puffs of smoke rise higher as they make 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

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