Tuesday, April 24, 2012

GULP Alert: What is wrong in this picture?

Yeah, I know that we are into making our liturgy more solemn and dignified but doing THIS is no way to go.

Go ahead and chime in your discoveries.

Another update from the GULP Squad!


  1. DUH, why do these altar servers wears a dalmatics (a vestment worn by deacons). I think the pastor thought that they look cute and probably nobody will notice it. I wonder if he has worn dalmatics during his transitional diaconate.

  2. These children are not supposed to wear this vestment. Dalmatic is for Deacons while tunicle is for sub-deacons. The vestments of children as shown here, dalmatic/tunicle, is not proper to them. This should be stopped. They should wear the surplice over their cassock.

    One thing, the cross is turned around.

    Well, the children seem to be happy with what they are doing.

  3. how do i submit pictures for GULP? (or ask if something IS a liturgical abuse?)

    p.s. i'm not sure if my previous comment made it through. something wrong with captcha or something. >.<

    1. dei, you can send it to me via email @ Please also give a description of the photo.

  4. One is the tunicle, abusively used. Two, is the crucifix turned around. Apparently this is hot discussion somewhere on FB.

    With all things already said about the tunicles, I could comment on the crucifix which apparently, somebody on the FB page said that, it is turned around because the crucifix must be turned towards the people (maybe so that the people could concentrate on Jesus). But what I am sure of is that this is a bit offset because in a procession during a Liturgical function, the crucifix is there to lead, because Christ is the one leading the congregation, that's why He's in front, facing the same direction as the people.

    It's like in the EF of the Mass, the priest, together with the people face the same direction. In a procession, Jesus directs us to the same, to take up our Cross and follow Him. I think that's also the idea of processions, to be with the saints, and Our Savior triumphantly marching to Calvary and to Heaven.

    This reminds me, isn't the Liturgy supposed to be Christ-centered and not people-centered? So why turn the crucifix to the people during procession when we know that it's not the really people leading the procession but Jesus?