The second line, the first since Hurricane Katrina, moves through the French Quarter. Second lines grew out of the new Orleans tradition of fraternal groups and burial societies who often competed to see which group could send off a member in the greatest style. When the service was over, and the procession moved from church to cemetery, the band played sad hymns and dirges. On the way back, the music became more joyful. The second liners, the mourners following the band, danced with wild abandon and usually sported umbrellas and handkerchiefs.
The Very Rev. David Allard dePlantier blesses the second line
The Very Rev. David Allard dePlantier, dean of Christ Church Cathedral in New Orleans, blesses the second line with the holy water in an gesture that he said was a "symbolic cleansing of our city" and a reminder of our baptisms when we rise to new life.
Irvin Mayfield led the crowd from St. Louis Cemetery #1
Jazz musician and composer Irvin Mayfield led the band and the crowd from St. Louis Cemetery #1 and through New Orleans' French Quarter in the first such parade, known as a second line, since Hurricane Katrina hit the city.
The second line procession leaves St. Louis Cemetery #1
Members of the band begin to play as the second line procession leave St. Louis Cemetery #1 in New Orleans.
Jan Carr reading the 23rd Psalm
Jan Carr read the 23rd Psalm during the prayers for New Orleans November 16 at St. Louis Cemetery #1. Louisiana Bishop Charles Jenkins, right, blessed the people and musician Irvin Mayfield played the crowd out of the cemetery and into the French Quarter.
The Very Rev. David Allard DuPlantier asperses the crowd
While Irvin Mayfield plays the dirge, the Very Rev. David Allard DuPlantier, dean of Christ Church Cathedral New Orleans, inspires the crowd gathered on November 16 at St. Louis Cemetery #1 in New Orleans.
The Diocese of Louisiana Resource Center
The Diocese of Louisiana plans to set up four or five resource centers to help people deal with housing and other issues. Current and potential sites include Christ Church Cathedral in New Orleans (shown above), Holy Comforter church on the University of New Orleans campus and Christ Church in Slidell.
New Orleans' Christ Church Cathedral
New Orleans' Christ Church Cathedral, on St. Charles Avenue., opened a relief center in the early days after the hurricane as the city re-opened. It began by giving away water and cleaning supplies. The center is set up on the front lawn and offerings clothes and shoes, personal-hygiene items, baby supplies, water and food supplements. It has met about 25,000 requests for help.
40 people attended
About 40 people attended the bicentennial commemoration of the bicentennial anniversary November 17 of the first non-Roman Catholic service in the Louisiana Purchase.
Even the vestments
Even the vestments in St. Paul's sacristy show the progress of the rising and falling waters.
Weathering the Storms conference
Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold addresses the "Weathering the Storms" conference held January 4-7 in Orlando, Florida.
Weathering the Storms conference
From left, Bishop Duncan Gray of Mississippi, Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold, Bishop Bruce MacPherson of Western Louisiana and Bishop Charles Jenkins of Louisiana.