Scatter ye rosebuds while ye may

A big biretta tip   o{]:¬)    to Good Jesuit Bad Jesuit for this great photo:

This great picture is from a Polish Jesuit blog entitled, A Pilgrims Story see the picture (here)

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  1. Templar says:

    Scatter ye rosebuds? LOL With apologies to Robert Herrick no doubt.

    A priceless photo.

  2. That reminds me of the procession from the Lateran to Saint Mary Majors before the flatbed truck began to be used. Long time ago.

    Here in Lourdes, we sometimes have flower scatterers before the Most Blessed Sacrament for the Eucharistic Procession from across the river right into the underground basilica of Saint Pius X.

    “Let the little children come to me,” said our Lord. And what a beautiful thing to see!

  3. A very beautiful picture, indeed!

  4. Romulus says:

    It’s a charming picture. However, Ceremonies of the Roman Rite notes that specific permission for this flower scattering has twice been granted by the Congregation for Rites, implying that the custom deviates from the norm. Fortescue/O’Connell/Reid goes on to call the practice highly inadvisable. Don’t know why, unless there’s a concern about decorum — the possibility of small children running amok and distracting from the reverence due the Blessed Sacrament, perhaps?

  5. Romulus: Fortescue/O’Connell/Reid for the 1962 Missal doesn’t govern every aspect of the Church’s liturgical life.  Nor do decrees of the now defunct Sacred Congregation for Rites.

    I am going to go out on a limb here and say that allowing children to scatter flower petals before the Blessed Sacrament in procession is okay.

  6. Mila says:

    I own a copy of The Story of a Soul, St. Therese of Lisieux’s autobiography, published the year of her canonization. It has a picture of Therese at the age of 8, drawn by her sister Celine, scattering petals before the Blessed Sacrament in a Corpus Christi procession. The picture is accompanied by some verses she wrote, that I will not attempt to translate.

    When I was a little girl in Cuba, back in the ’50s, it was an honor to be selected to scatter flowers before the Blessed Sacrament for such occassions. This picture has brought many fond memories.

  7. pelerin says:

    Scattering petals before the Blessed Sacrament is also a tradition carried out on Corpus Christi day in Arundel in Southern England. After Mass the procession
    walks from the Cathedral to the grounds of the Castle where Benediction is then held. A beautiful ceremony and as far as I know the only one in the area.

  8. Kradcliffe says:

    What a fantastic picture. I think I’m gonna have to save it to my computer to enjoy again, someday. Wow.

  9. Andreas says:

    This photo is amazing! It is beautiful and meaningful. It should capture some award, such as “picture of the year” or something. I am going to start a “group” as a consequence of having seen this photo called “catholic life” on “flickr” dedicated to photos such as this one and anything else that captures the social life of catholics.

  10. Joseph Fromm says:

    I love this photo. Not only does it reflect Eucharistic joy in the heart of the girl. It is the one who can look at the picture and say to himself, this is Christ and he brings joy to me as well.



  11. Michael says:

    What a beautiful picture!

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