Friday, February 3, 2012

Old, new, borrowed ... red

Creating cardinals: ceremony features something old, new, borrowed, red

A cardinal's red biretta and a papal zucchetto are pictured in the window of the Gammarelli clerical tailor shop in Rome Jan. 12. The famous Gammarelli store is highlighting clerical wear for cardinals in advance of the Feb. 18 consistory at which Pope Benedict XVI will create 22 new cardinals.

Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something red will be part of the mix Feb. 18 when Pope Benedict XVI creates 22 new cardinals.

The general format of the consistory has been maintained, but the ceremony has been modified and will include the use of prayers borrowed from ancient Roman liturgies. And, of course, red will be the colour of the day as the new cardinals are reminded that they are called to give their lives to God and the Church, even to the point of shedding their blood.

For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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