The Westminster Abbey Choir joined the Sistine Chapel Choir for a papal mass at the Vatican on June 29. This was first time that the Pope’s personal choir sang with another choir, marking a major milestone in the ecumenical path toward the end-time one-world church. We are reminded that music is at the very heart and soul of ecumenism. Pope Benedict XVI has stated his objective of uniting all Christians (“Historic First,” The Blaze, June 28, 2012). The papal mass for the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul was the occasion when newly appointed Catholic archbishops were given the woolen stole called the pallium, signifying the supremacy of the pope and their communion with him as the source of their authority. Monsignor Mark Langham observed, “It’s the big Mass for underlining our links to the Holy Father.” The pallium is a white woolen band that hangs around the archbishop’s neck and resembles the letter Y when viewed from the front. It hangs over his scarlet cloak, reminding us of the prophecy of Revelation 17. “And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of harlots and abominations of the earth. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration” (Rev. 17:4-6).
(Friday Church News Notes, July 13, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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