Until last week, that is.
One morning last week at Mass at our neighborhood parish, I had to do a double take when I saw a woman walking up to receive Communion, holding in her arms what appeared to be either a cocker spaniel or a poodle. While it made no noise, I can verify that it was not simply a stuffed animal that I mistook for a live dog; this was the real McCoy.
At the end of Mass, the woman appeared to be leading the dog out the back door of the church on a leash.
Why did this woman bring her dog to Mass? God only knows.
What I do know, though, is that this episode prompted me to recall a comment made by Sandra Miesel on this post on Catholic and Enjoying It! some time ago:
Medieval people took their hawks and hounds to Mass and Byzantine harlots turned tricks in the galleries of the old Hagia Sophia while the Liturgy was in progress.
To which another commenter said:
Next time I see someone with his hawk at church I'm going to say, "how medieval of you," and I'll mean it as a compliment!
Hence the title of this post.
[Cross-posted at Catholic Dads]