A Wonderful Sunday

Although this past weekend’s heavy snowstorm understandably dominated the news headlines, for me, this past Sunday was about much more than the weather.  At the 10:15 a.m. Mass in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, I was delighted to see an overflow crowd of worshippers who braved the elements to join in the greatest of prayers, the Mass.  It was my honor to welcome Rabbi David Posner and his wife Sylvia to the Cathedral.  Ten days earlier, Rabbi Posner had invited me to Temple Emanu-El to light the candle on the menorah for the first night of Hanukkah. I was pleased that Rabbi Posner joined us at Mass to light the candle for the Fourth Sunday of Advent on our Advent wreath.  Catholic New York has a picture of it here.

Later that afternoon, I visited the Sirius XM studios for a special broadcast with Rabbi Harlan Wechsler, the founding rabbi of Congregation Or Zarua, and host of Rabbi Wechsler Teaches on Sirius XM Stars.  We had a fascinating and wide ranging discussion of faith, community, tradition, and how our respective faiths approach this holiday/holy-day season.  Here are a couple of clips of the show that Sirius XM has posted on YouTube.  If you missed the program, we’ll be replaying it in the Conversation with the Archbishop timeslot on The Catholic Channel over New Year’s weekend.  The first airing will be on New Year’s Eve at 1:00 p.m. eastern time.

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6 Responses to “A Wonderful Sunday”

  1. BronxGuy says:

    I enjoyed the You Tube clip. If you close your eyes, by the way, the Archbishop sounds exactly like the actor Seth Rogen, of Superbad and Pineapple Express fame. (Some might find the comparison unflattering, but I’m a big fan of Rogen.)

  2. Didn’t the show air this past Sunday afternoon?

  3. Didn’t the show air this past Sunday afternoon? I listened to your show on XM and it was entertaining and educational. Down right awesome. I think it would be great if you two, or maybe another priest and a rabbi, had a special on the Catholic Channel where the two faiths were discussed in more detail!
    On a side note, I’ve heard that PB16 will be calling a consistory very soon with at least one American bishop being called. Maybe the most reverend Dolan will be chosen!

  4. Susan says:

    Our church would not allow my son and I in the door despite being there early. Why? Tickets. We hadn’t heard about it – is this the new thing? The Church insists on tickets and turns away children? The church might want to rethink this. My family and I, after a decade, will be looking for a different church. I wouldn’t want my children to think God closes doors on people coming to praise him.

  5. Irene says:

    I agree with Susan’s complaints about the tickets. The Archbishop recently visited the Bronx; the visit was hosted by our church but included several parishes. As a result, we had to participate via lottery to get one of the limited number of tickets. My 9 year old daughter would have really liked to see the Archbishop “live”, but I didn’t even bother to submit for the lottery, because I would have needed to bag two tickets, since my daughter was too young to go by herself. But why not just hold the mass/ meeting in a larger venue where it would have been open to every interested member of all of the parishes involved? Ironically, our church is just a couple of blocks away from a catholic college; I’m sure they would have had a space big enough for everybody.