Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Tears at the altar
Here's an interesting little tidbit from St. Alphonsus de Liquori. The doctor of the Church says that the maniple, that little piece of cloth that priests place over their left arm during Mass "was introduced for the purpose of wiping away the tears of devotion that flowed from the eyes of the priest; for in former times priests wept continuously during the celebration of the Mass."
From the Duties and Dignity of the priest, By St. Alphonsus de Liquori p 217