Love, the driving force: a journey of discernment

Chronicling my formation with the Loretto Sisters (IBVM)

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Good Friday

CIMG4308A rather blurry view of the sanctuary, waiting for Mass to begin. To secure a seat close to fans, I arrived almost an hour early. It was worth it.

CIMG4310Lining up for the veneration of the cross.


While waiting in line, I had time to admire the stained glass windows.

CIMG4316From the Stations of the Cross in the church parking lot.


CIMG43205th Street (adjacent to the church) full of hopeful vendors looking to make a sale to the throngs of churchgoers. All this week at Mass we were warned that thieves and pickpockets would also be among the vendors so to be vigilant.


CIMG4322A much better shot of the parish and the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

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Holy Thursday

CIMG4288Rehearsing for Holy Thursday Mass

CIMG4291Breaking out the fans (it was VERY hot in the church)

CIMG4292Bringing out chairs for the washing of the feet


CIMG4297The washing of the feet

CIMG4301The altar of repose (mobbed with people stopping to pray)

CIMG4303Outside the church after Mass – lots of people walking around and praying the Stations of the Cross

CIMG4306Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish (not a great photo but you get the idea…)