24 September 2009

Weekend Kneeler Jeopardy

Sorry to leave you all disappointed that there wasn't a WKJ last weekend. St. Alex was praying for the gift of bilocation, like Padre Pio had, to get everything completed that day, but that didn't happen. So, here's this one a bit early to avoid not being able to do one at all.

Have a blessed weekend!!!

Category: Refractory, refectory, and the French Revolution

The stained glass window above depicts this "colorful" and clandestine Mass that was celebrated by the peasantry when deprived of their priests during the French Revolution. (From what St. Alex understands, since lay people were "saying Mass," women tended to take over and became somewhat modern examples of wymen priests.)

St. Alex says, please place your answer in the form of a question in the combox, and say a few Hail Marys while you wait for the answer to be revealed.

Demerits for using Google and other sneaky searches. Educated guesses are welcome and encouraged. Good luck!!


Cathy_of_Alex said...

I have no idea. I suck at WKJ

Rachel Gray said...

What was a fake Mass? (Hey, if they didn't have a priest...!)

Ray from MN said...

Well, although you didn't say so, Swissie, it's obvious that you photoshopped the correct answer out of the text at the bottom of the stained glass window. So I should extra-credit even when I botch the answer.

"What is the Mass to Sainte Anne? (It has to be a saint with a short name).

One often goes to one's grandma in times of difficulty.

swissmiss said...

Cathy and Rachel...LOL!!

I tried to make this one fairly easy since you need no knowledge of the Mass other than to guess a color :) And, no, it isn't black, even though that would be a good guess.

swissmiss said...

OK, the sounds of crickets are almost deafening. The answer is:
What is a White Mass? Or La Messe Blanche is what it said on the stained glass panel.

Rachel Gray said...

Thanks for the answer! I wonder why they called it white?

swissmiss said...

It is a rather odd name. Anyone know the answer?

Ray from MN said...

Never being afraid to guess, I would have thought that maybe since the color "red" is used liturgically for martyrs, that might have something to do with it.

"White Mass" being the Mass of Virgins?

But our pal, Wiki, says:


The first recorded Red Mass was celebrated in the Cathedral of Paris in 1245. From there, it spread to most European countries. Around 1310, during the reign of Edward II, the tradition began in England. It was attended at the opening of each term of Court by all members of the Bench and Bar. The event gradually fell out of fashion until 1931, when Sydney became the first English-speaking city to re-institute the practice. The first Red Mass held in the United States was celebrated in St. Andrew's Church in New York City, near the courthouses of Foley Square.[2]
[edit] Red Mass today

One of the better-known Red Masses is the one celebrated each fall at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C. on the Sunday before the first Monday in October (the Supreme Court convenes on the first Monday in October). It is sponsored by the John Carroll Society and attended by Supreme Court justices, members of Congress, the diplomatic corps, the Cabinet and other government departments and sometimes the President of the United States. All officials attend in their capacity as private individuals, rather than as government representatives, to quell arguments with respect to a weakening of the separation of church and state. This logic had greater import in the 1950s when the first services were held, as Catholicism was viewed with greater suspicion than today in the American body politic.

Controversy over the constitutionality of the Red Mass and attendance by American officials has been dramatized in such shows as The West Wing ("The Red Mass") and Law & Order.

In Scotland a Red Mass is held annually each autumn in St. Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh to mark the beginning of the Scottish Judicial year. It is attended by Catholic judges of the High Court of Justiciary, Sheriffs, advocates, solicitors and law students all dressed in their robes of office. As the robes of the Lords Commissioner of Justiciary are red faced with white and the Mass is presided over by Keith Michael Patrick Cardinal O'Brien.

This liturgical custom has more recently led to annual Masses for at least two other occupational groups; "Blue" Masses for police officers and others engaged in public safety, as well as "White" or "Rose" Masses for doctors, nurses, and other health-care professionals.[3]

In the Philippines, Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan has celebrated the Red Mass annually as the "Mass of the Holy Spirit".