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by gubernatorial decree

By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 22, 2008

It has, I realize, every appearance of being a ruse, but we're entering territory where parodists fear to tread. An OTR reader sends us this link to the office of South Carolina Governor Mark Sandor, who was either off his meds on the day in question, or whose Chief of Staff is being held hostage by the Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart until the demands of their provisional wing are met.

Neither alternative is reassuring.


Mark Sanford
Governor -- State of South Carolina


WHEREAS, dancing is a vital component of our culture and heritage, providing a means of self-expression through art; and

WHEREAS, the choreographic vocabulary of liturgical dance utilizes a variety of visual art forms, including ballet, tap, jazz, African, and modern dance, hip-hop, mime, and sign language; and

WHEREAS, as a form of prayer and ministry, liturgical dance unites body, mind and spirit in visual praise and worship.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mark Sanford, Governor of the Great State of South Carolina, do hereby proclaim April 30, 2005, as

LITURGICAL DANCE DAY

throughout the state and encourage all South Carolinians to learn more about this spiritual art form.


To date the Governor's Office has not taken a position on the use of glassware altar vessels. The question is presently under advisement.


Rochester Catholic image, photo via Rich Leonardi.

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 24, 2008 6:43 AM ET USA

    Did you see the two who came in nun costumes to the Halloween [All Halloweds' Eve] Party at the Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart link included above?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 23, 2008 6:41 PM ET USA

    Was Liturgical Dance Day April 30th? Or was it April 1st?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 22, 2008 10:56 PM ET USA

    Bring back the kneelers. Please.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 22, 2008 11:48 AM ET USA

    Will everyone be wearing gauze and leotards to work that day?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 22, 2008 11:12 AM ET USA

    Where is the separation of Church and State when you really need it?

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