1. 06-06-06: Back to work—good day for me—all tests clear! Evening spent at my company's new office. Not seen anything unusual this day. Besides, in a hundred years, we will get 06-06-06 again!
2. Roundup on Pentecost celebrations
Reflecting on the Holy Spirit's gifts
Some crazy rainbow sashers denied communion: someone distributed the Host to them illegally.
This brings to the point of liturgical practices: I haven't been in the Church long enough to know what proper liturgies should be. My experience of being denied Communion on the tongue (the excuse being to curb the spread of Hand-Foot-Mouth disease—which doesn't happen in Singapore where no cattle grazes) was the furthest extent of my disturbance. Bad taste in music is next, but I will even say sometimes it can be tolerated with a thought to charity.
Some of the hardcore traditionalists like Gerard have either really experienced banal liturgies or are just plain cranky :) One of them suggested that in a traditional Novus Ordo mass or Tridentine Mass everyone would take the Lord reverently (while kneeling, on the tongue) no one would take the Host and break it and give it to those who protest the Church's teachings (and by definition, not in Communion).
Without going into 'liturgy' and definitions, my take on the Mass is that it should be carried out as reverently as possible. Certainly there are times when the Spirit infuse some of our parish members to express themselves more 'joyfully' than others, but Fear of the Lord should always guide liturgists. After all, they do not celebrate liturgies to showcase their 'talents' but also for their fellow parishioners. More often than not, unnecessary embellishment to the Mass (in the name of local culture) rather lessens than magnifies the solemnity given to the occasion.
Our pope BXVI, while a Cardinal, wrote ever so eloquently:
"I am convinced that the crisis in the Church that we are experiencing today is to a large extent due to the disintegration of the liturgy, which at times has even come to be a matter of indifference whether or not God exists and whether or not He speaks to us and hears us. But when the community of faith, the worldwide unity of the living Christ are no longer visible in the liturgy, where else then, is the Church to become visible on her spiritual essence? Then the community is celebrating only itself, an activity that is utterly fruitless."