Sunday, September 18, 2005

First Reports From the Street

Well, the good and faithful have been calling in, and I'm told that the Prayer on the Parkway went "exceedingly well."

In all seriousness, hurrah! From hearing a gaggle of unusually serene voices, it really seems that a blessed and prayerful experience was had by all, and in this vicious world we live in -- a world where terror, disaster and anxiety too often hold their sway -- it's tough to remember enough that in prayer, we find our peace. Ever the more so when that prayer is, as Papa Ratzi once called it, "a believing-with."

Informal crowd estimates I'm getting are holding in the 15,000 range. Who knows -- it might've even been more; we'll see what shakes out. The weather sure cooperated -- it was a picture-perfect evening here in town, and the visuals will surely be memorable, whether live or still.

The strong link between this town and a Rome across the water runs the length of centuries.... We haven't sung it at a diocesan event in a long time, but this might be a good point to call for the popular resurrection of a hymn written by Msgr. Hugh Henry, a late 19th-century professor at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary here. My friends sing it annually to the women's ordination protestors who hold court across from the Cathedral on Holy Thursday morning.....
Long live the Pope His praises sound again and yet again
His rule is over space and time his throne the hearts of men
All hail the Shepherd King of Rome The theme of loving song
Let all the earth is glory sing And heav'n the strain prelong.
Let all the earth is glory sing And heav'n the strain prolong.

Beleaguered by the foes of earth Be set by hosts of hell.
He guards the loyal flock of Christ A watchful sentinel
And yet amid the din and strife The clash of mace and sword
He bears alone the shepherd staff This champion of the Lord.
He bears alone the shepherd staff This champion of the Lord.
-30-

1 Comments:

Blogger patrick said...

Well, I am sure glad that the sems are singing hymns to the protestors and not making misogynistic cat-calls their direction. Better men that I: I have a visceral aversion to those who protest outside of Cathedrals, no matter what the cause.

19/9/05 10:55  

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