Asperges me et super jellonem decaeruleabor.

Here is a photo of Card. Farrell, the understudy of non-Card. McCarrick for some many years in Washington DC, now the Prefect of the Dicastery for the Family, who also said that priests are not able properly to prepare couples for marriage.

What’s in the bowl?


Asperges me et super jellonem decaeruleabor.




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  1. FrAnt says:

    Come, Lord Jesus, Come!!

  2. Legisperitus says:

    Love the headline!

  3. WmHesch says:

    I don’t see how that server could carry it without laughing at its absurdity

  4. Mike says:

    It’ll always be “Ty-D-Bol” to me.

  5. Dismas says:

    Understudy? Bah! Roommate…with absolutely no clue that Uncle Ted hates sleeping alone.

  6. Apparently, it’s the bowl that’s blue but the water is just regular clear water. Apparently. I couldn’t tell you for sure myself, as I found I other things to do this weekend… the two hour drive to Dublin was a bit too much to fit in.

    [Even if that’s true, is that what it looks like from a distance? Did no one take a careful look at it and think, “Hey, wait a minute. If you are some distance away, that’ll look just like a glass bowl full of toilet cleaner! Maybe we should just use the aspersorium and aspergillum that every one will recognize, instead of a branch of a tree and some blue jello.]

  7. Mike says: Ty-D-Bol

    Yeaaaaah. I just didn’t want to go there.

    But you really have no choice, do you.

    It is as if with every single choice they made they neglected to consider what real people would immediately associate.

    Every bishop should have “The Guy” nearby who has commonsense and a working knowledge of the world, what people watch, buy listen to, etc. And, before doing something highly visible, the bishop should first run it by The Guy. I’m reminded of the company that made baby food in jars with a picture of a cute baby on it. They marketed their stuff in a country where it is customary, because of illiteracy, to put pictures on the outside of what the jar contains. Ooops.

    The Guy would have looked at that vestment design and, after a few second of tapping on his keyboard, probably would have said, “I know you think it is a Celtic symbol, and maybe you are right. But did you know that the BDSM types use it as their symbol too? Maybe you should come up with a different idea and check it out first.”

  8. Benedict Joseph says:

    You see, the clueless crowd would not have been able to cognitively engage in the rich and evocative liturgical action in the sacred space adequately if they did not recognize the liquid as the living water which is always blue like in their coloring books.
    The wise liturgists figured that out that you got to give the groundlings a clue.
    Our wise masters know all.
    And Cardinal Farrell has that gizmo on his chest. I’m edified.

  9. teomatteo says:

    The picture. My first thought was “what would the devil think if he saw this man coming at him..” Then the thought left me.

  10. My question is, why are they doing an asperges rite on a Saturday? Am I wrong in recalling that it is used only on Sundays, even in the novus ordo?

  11. Joy65 says:

    I was hoping that was the bowl and NOT the water because that would definitely STAIN whatever and whoever was sprinkled.

    [Right. It sure would have been a pity to stain those vestments. A real shame.]

  12. Fr Martin Fox says: only on Sundays, even in the novus ordo?

    Oh Father! Such rigidity! I am sure that they discerned in their consciences that, whatever the book might say, they wanted to be sprinkled. You are obliged to accompany them in their choice. But no, you are a clerical nitpicker. CLERICALISM! That’s the problem with you!

  13. Glad the cardinal is no longer our bishop

  14. Dismas says:

    @teomatteo –
    Devil: “Bwahaha! Juvenal Green! He fell for it! Hook, line, and sinker! To think that his only concern was whether it made him look fat….and it does!”

  15. Elizabeth D says:

    Well, sometimes we used to put just a few drops of Mrs Stewart’s Laundry Bluing in horse trough water because it kept algae etc out, but didn’t seem to poison horses, it’s a laundry whitener:

    But that’s maybe taking it too literally about making us whiter than snow…

  16. Joy65 says:

    [Right. It sure would have been a pity to stain those vestments. A real shame.]

    FATHER Z, wink wink, shame on you!

  17. APX says:

    What’s this “Asperges Me” you speak of? No one calls it that anymore. It’s the “sprinkling rite” during which the only acceptable song to sing is the ever so clever and jazzy “Rain Down”.

  18. FrAnt says:

    I know. It’s a Tide Pod commercial.

  19. hilltop says:

    The WATER is blue, not the bowl! Zoom in and see the sloshing profile of the liquid’s surface, and it presents an uneven edge along the bowl’s interior.
    So I am with Fr Zed here: Un-chilled Jello
    But what could it possibly mean?

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