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By ANDREW LAM | October 6, 1991
Beneath the wooden altar in my aunt's house sits a large television set. It is often turned on while my aunt lights incense sticks to commemorate the dead. "Might as well," she says, pointing to the TV where Ricky is complaining to Lucy. "A couple of incense sticks for our Vietnamese ancestors, and a couple more for the strange American ghosts below."Eccentric though my aunt may be, she is far from crazy. If in the East the wooden altar serves as a house of souls, the TV set in America has become our own version of a box of spirits, or a kind of electronic altar, if you will.
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By Diane Pajakdpajak@patuxent.com | June 2, 2011
The Rev. Laura Cannon specializes in two words: I do. And those two words have taken her all over the mid-Atlantic, from hotels and historic mansions to sandy beaches, museums and restaurants to the intimacy of a couple's home - even surprise nuptials at an annual chili feast. But Cannon didn't set out to become a wedding officiant. It's something the 31-year-old Ellicott City resident stumbled into, and it clicked. "For me, the greatest joy is being part of someone's most special day," she says.
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By Joe Burris and Joe Burris,Sun Reporter | December 3, 2006
Celestine Whitley couldn't believe what she was seeing: Her fellow parishioners at Baltimore's New Psalmist Baptist Church kept heading to the altar to lay money down each time the guest speaker hammered home a point during his sermon. Whitley had recently seen such offerings performed on broadcasts of televangelist Bishop Eddie Long. But the practice -- known as seed offering -- left her confused. Was it Bible-based? Were the givers sincere or just showing off? Moreover, where was the money going?
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February 6, 2010
Frederick County authorities have filed child abuse charges against a retired Catholic priest for alleged offenses against an altar boy in 1976. Monsignor Thomas Bevan, 73, of Cascade was released on $25,000 bail Thursday. He was indicted on two counts of child abuse Jan. 22 but the charges were kept sealed until Thursday, when an arrest warrant was served. Assistant State's Attorney Lindell Angel says Bevan sexually abused a 10-year-old boy in 1976 when he was associate pastor of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Frederick.
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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | March 9, 1998
Dressed in ornate gold and purple robes, four Eastern Orthodox priests consecrated an altar yesterday, making a former Methodist church in Linthicum a place fit for worship by the Holy Cross Orthodox Mission Church congregation.In the 3 1/2 -hour ceremony, which some compared to a baptism, the priests washed the church's altar -- a 42-square-inch mahogany table -- with warm water and soap.They wiped it with rose water.They anointed it with oil.They covered it in a white linen cloth.They laid a gold-colored cloth, known as the antiminsion and signed by the bishop, on top, making the building an official Eastern Orthodox church.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF | September 28, 1995
An instructor and student at Carroll Community College have virtually built the altar to be used by Pope John Paul II when he says Mass at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Oct. 8.The key word is "virtually."Instructor H. Edward Goldberg and student Michael Yeager helped the architects who designed the altar to produce a virtual-reality video of the setting that about 48,000 people will see in real life Oct. 8.Cardinal William H. Keeler used the video to unveil to reporters yesterday the way Camden Yards will look when the pope visits, in a way that a flat paper drawing couldn't have.
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By John Dorsey and John Dorsey,SUN ART CRITIC | June 17, 1998
The imperfect but formidable exhibit "Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou" at the Baltimore Museum of Art comes along at the right time. The world is ready for it.Vodou, the Haitian combination of art, religion and culture, stems from many sources including African religions, Catholicism and Haitian history. And Vodou finds its quintessential expression in the altar, an assemblage of everything from expertly made flags and pictures of saints to whiskey bottles and Christmas tree lights.A half century ago, when fine art was thought the exclusive province of an intellectual elite, the Vodou altar might have been viewed as an uneasy marriage of craftsmanship and schlock.
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By Alice Lukens and Alice Lukens,SUN STAFF | September 8, 2000
When Daniels was a thriving mill town, back in the middle of the last century, the town's St. Stanislaus Church was filled every Sunday with music, fellowship and prayer. Daniels is long gone now, but the crumbling stone church on the hillside remains a spiritual place. For more than a year, somebody has maintained a Catholic altar at the abandoned site in the Patapsco Valley State Park, with red ribbons, a waterlogged prayer book, a rosary - and three small journals where visitors pen prayers, remarks and observations.
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By Liz Atwood and Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF | March 17, 1997
A photo caption in yesterday's Maryland section incorrectly identified a man helping to move an altar at a Harford County church. The man's name is Edward Hughes Russell.The Sun regrets the error.The climax of Edward Russell's 60-year affinity for woodworking came yesterday with a priest's blessing in tiny St. George's Episcopal Church in Harford County.The Rev. P. Kingsley Smith stood in his purple vestments, raised his hands over a 5-foot-wide altar Russell had crafted from Maryland walnut and asked God to bless those who pray around it.But members of the small South Carolina church who will receive the altar already feel blessed.
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March 18, 1997
A photo caption in yesterday's Maryland section incorrectly identified a man helping to move an altar at a Harford County church. The man's name is Edward Hughes Russell.The Sun regrets the error.Pub Date: 3/18/97
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By SUSAN REIMER and SUSAN REIMER,susan.reimer@baltsun.com | October 27, 2008
I am writing to report that I didn't cry. I burned (more on that later). But I didn't cry at my son's wedding. There was big money riding on me to disrupt the service with gasping sobs. But I showed everybody I am made of tougher stuff. Joe and Brooke were married on the most beautiful October day in anyone's memory. He looked like a recruiting poster in his Marine dress uniform. She looked like a raven-haired angel, wearing a wedding dress as stark white as his uniform pants and a smile that, hours later, still had not dimmed.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | October 25, 2008
The news that Adam Loewen has signed with the Blue Jays is a little bit of a shock - and it probably could be interpreted by the Orioles' front office as a slap in the face - but it's not exactly a setback for the organization. In fact, you can make the case that Loewen did the O's a favor by jumping ship, since the odds of his actually becoming a serviceable position player at the major league level remain quite long. (For more, go to baltimoresun.com/schmuckblog)
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By Rona Marech and Rona Marech,Sun Reporter | March 31, 2008
Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton was always vexed by the notion that despite the country's traditional separation of church and state, Maryland gave her - a religious leader - the power to change people's legal status by signing their marriage licenses. At the same time, the Reconstructionist rabbi from Baltimore was troubled by the state's laws prohibiting same-sex marriage. Finally, after contending with her conflicted feelings for years, she decided she had had enough: She told couples she would happily conduct religious wedding ceremonies, but to find someone else to sign their civil documents.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jennifer Choi | March 27, 2008
The Christian soft-rockers Casting Crowns splashed onto the music scene in 2003 with their platinum debut album Casting Crowns. Since then, the group has garnered several hits, such as "Lifesong" and "Praise You in this Storm," and released two additional albums, Lifesong and The Altar and the Door. The Grammy-winning septet's The Altar and the Door Tour stops at 7 p.m. today at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Tickets are $17.50-$75. Call 410-547-7328 or go to ticketmaster.com.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Sun architecture critic | March 10, 2008
Some college students go to Cancun or Daytona Beach for spring break. Ryan Mullen and J.P. Mikolajczyk started theirs inside a cavernous metal shop in Glen Burnie, helping to build an altar for Pope Benedict XVI to use next month when he visits the nation's capital. The architecture students from Catholic University of America won a competition to design the altar, chair and pulpit for the pontiff when he celebrates Mass at the new Nationals Park on April 17. Construction began last week on the papal furnishings, with four Maryland companies playing key roles in the process - and with the students forgoing a trip home to monitor the work.
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By Julie Scharper and Justin Fenton and Julie Scharper and Justin Fenton,Sun reporters | February 10, 2008
As mourners shuffled into pews, images flashed on a screen above the altar: The couple dancing on their wedding day, the husband's strong arms wrapped around his wife. Their three sons posing in Christmas sweaters, all chubby cheeks and big smiles. The boys in recent years, shaggy-haired and gangly, clowning on a snow-covered mountain. Throughout the church, parents clutched their adolescent children, looked at the photos of a family who appeared very much like them, and wept. Nearly 1,300 people gathered in a Baltimore County church yesterday to remember the Browning family - parents John, 45, and Tamara, 44, and their sons Greg, 14, and Ben, 11, who were fatally shot in their Cockeysville home last weekend.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jennifer Choi | March 27, 2008
The Christian soft-rockers Casting Crowns splashed onto the music scene in 2003 with their platinum debut album Casting Crowns. Since then, the group has garnered several hits, such as "Lifesong" and "Praise You in this Storm," and released two additional albums, Lifesong and The Altar and the Door. The Grammy-winning septet's The Altar and the Door Tour stops at 7 p.m. today at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Tickets are $17.50-$75. Call 410-547-7328 or go to ticketmaster.com.
SPORTS
August 13, 2004
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NEWS
October 26, 2007
Democratic panel seeks to fill vacancy The Anne Arundel County Democratic Central Committee is seeking to fill the vacancy left by one of the three members who represent legislative District 31. Jamison Moody resigned this week, and the committee plans to replace him Thursday in Annapolis. Applicants must be registered Democrats who live in District 31, which includes Glen Burnie, Brooklyn Park, Pasadena and part of Severna Park. Resumes are due Sunday and should be mailed to the committee at P.O. Box 487, Glen Burnie 21060, or e-mailed to secretary Anne Sieling at annesieling@mac.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,sun reporter | October 14, 2007
Two weeks before the Festival of Flowers transforms the Church of the Redeemer on North Charles Street with a dazzling display of floral arrangements, garden club veterans Pam Meier and Mary Hannah Arnot were rehearsed and ready to contribute their fleeting masterpiece. The festival, a triennial benefit for Washington's National Cathedral that takes place Thursday through Saturday, is modeled after similar events in post-World War II England. At the time, parishioners raised money for their damaged churches by inviting the public to see arrangements inspired by stained glass windows, carpets and other ecclesiastical elements.
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