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Latin Mass making comeback at some SC Catholic churches

Tom Kelly felt like something was lost 50 years ago this month, when traditional Latin Mass was abandoned by the Roman Catholic Church with a Second Vatican Council ruling that Mass could be said in local languages with alternate choreography. The intention was to make the ceremony more accessible, more understandable, simpler, but connection that lasted through centuries evaporated. Holy reverence and awe seemed to be exchanged for colloquial comfort. Now, though, the formal worship is making a comeback in South Carolina and at Catholic churches worldwide.

Religion

A sacred task, and gift, for Palm Sunday

Monsignor Richard Harris spent a quiet hour Saturday arranging palms for the altar of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. He does the arrangements each year as a gift to the congregation, but the task also prepare him for the beginning of Holy Week.

Religion

Presbyterians approve gay marriage in church constitution

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has approved redefining marriage in the church constitution Tuesday to include a “commitment between two people,” becoming the largest Protestant group to formally recognize gay marriage as Christian and allow same-sex weddings in every congregation. The change is expected to take effect June 21.

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