Monday, March 24, 2008


CHICAGO - Six Iraq war protesters disrupted an Easter Mass on Sunday, shouting and squirting fake blood on themselves and parishioners in a packed auditorium.

Kevin Clark of International Solidarity Movement told the Chicago Tribune that he attended the Mass to serve as a witness for the protesters.

"If Cardinal George is a man of peace and is walking the walk and talking the talk, he should have confronted George Bush and demanded an immediate end to the war," Clark said.

Sure. The Cardinal should have done so right in the middle of Easter Mass.

[This post was edited later to remove a couple of remarks which were less than charitable. Sorry.]

Resurrexit, Sicut Dixit, Alleluia!

Jaroslav Pelikan once wrote:

If Christ is risen from the dead, nothing else matters.
If Christ is not risen from the dead, nothing else matters.

Yesterday we sang the Easter Sequence, and may do so at all the liturgies of this week:

Christians to the Paschal Victim
Offer your thankful praises!
A Lamb the sheep redeemeth;
Christ who only is sinless,
Reconcileth sinners to the Father.

Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous:
The Prince of Life, who died, reigns immortal.

Speak, Mary, declaring what thou sawest, wayfaring
The tomb of Christ, who is living,
The glory of Jesus' resurrection:
Bright angels attesting,
The shroud and grave clothes resting.
Yea, Christ my hope is arisen:
To Galilee He goes before you.

Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining.
Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!

Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!