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3rd Sunday of Lent - what are they doing?
« on: November 01, 2011, 06:41:52 PM »

So, I gather this is the Third Sunday of Great Lent....but, my question is what are they pouring on the cross and why?

I've never seen this done.


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Re: 3rd Sunday of Lent - what are they doing?
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2011, 06:48:07 PM »
It appears that they are watering the flowers...  ???

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Re: 3rd Sunday of Lent - what are they doing?
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2011, 06:52:14 PM »

LOL!

Surely it can't be that simple of an explanation!
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Re: 3rd Sunday of Lent - what are they doing?
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2011, 06:56:37 PM »

LOL!

Surely it can't be that simple of an explanation!

LOL
I'm sure that there's more to it. That's why I said it "appears". :P The watering should have been done before the service.
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Re: 3rd Sunday of Lent - what are they doing?
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2011, 07:04:03 PM »
... and spraying the flowers with a mist of water to keep them fresh would be far more effective than pouring water on them. As for what these priest-monks are doing - no idea.
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Re: 3rd Sunday of Lent - what are they doing?
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2011, 07:07:19 PM »
I'm pretty sure they're anointing the cross with oil. I saw this once at Holy Virgin cathedral in SF.
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Re: 3rd Sunday of Lent - what are they doing?
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2011, 07:10:49 PM »
I'm pretty sure they're anointing the cross with oil. I saw this once at Holy Virgin cathedral in SF.

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Re: 3rd Sunday of Lent - what are they doing?
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2011, 08:26:17 PM »
I'm pretty sure they're anointing the cross with oil. I saw this once at Holy Virgin cathedral in SF.

Ah...that make sense...even though they seem to be anointing the flowers, not the Cross.

Just saying...

...and it seems like an awful lot of oil to pour out.  No?


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Re: 3rd Sunday of Lent - what are they doing?
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2011, 02:54:05 AM »
It appears that they are watering the flowers...  ???

My thoughts exactly.

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Re: 3rd Sunday of Lent - what are they doing?
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2011, 03:57:11 AM »
Nice frescoes!
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Re: 3rd Sunday of Lent - what are they doing?
« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2011, 08:16:59 AM »
I believe the Cross is elevated three times and sprinkled with rose-water. This is also done for the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.
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Re: 3rd Sunday of Lent - what are they doing?
« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2011, 09:58:30 AM »

OK.  I get the lifting part, but, why the rose-water?  What is the symbolism?
Conquer evil men by your gentle kindness, and make zealous men wonder at your goodness. Put the lover of legality to shame by your compassion. With the afflicted be afflicted in mind. Love all men, but keep distant from all men.
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