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By Barb Arland-Fye

Bishop Martin Amos adds incense to the censer that Deacon Frank Agnoli is holding during a Holy Hour June 2 at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport.

What a striking contrast between liturgy and lived experience! The Holy Hour for the Year of Faith at Sacred Heart Cathedral on June 2 emphasized the importance of the faith community — from the reading and the homily to the music and the blessing with incense. Yet sparse attendance — about 50 people in a cathedral that seats around 800 — made the building seem cavernous.
Regardless, Bishop Martin Amos presided at a beautiful hour of eucharistic adoration. The prayers, singing and instrumental accompaniment lifted us up in faith and in awe of the God who blesses us with the gifts to celebrate exquisitely. Reflecting on the service, I wish that hundreds more would have joined us to experience and attest to this reaffirmation of our shared faith.

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Read Deacon Frank Agnoli’s homily from the holy hour here .


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