Thought For the Week

"Thought for Palm Sunday"

Sic transit Gloria mundi” – thus passes the glory of the world. In the papal coronation Mass, as it was until after the coronation of Pope St John XXIII in 1963, as the new pope was processing from the sacristy to the high altar in St Peter’s Basilica, he would be stopped three times by a Franciscan friar bearing a fast burning piece of flax intoning the words “Pater Sancte, sic transit gloria mundi” – “Holy Father, thus passes the glory of the world”. The idea of course was to remind the new pope of the passing nature of life and earthly honours.

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