Denver Newsroom, Aug 24, 2020 / 16:00 pm
Most people do not expect the Gospel passage "When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well" to take on a literal meaning in their lives - much less in the middle of Mass.
But it did become literal for one reader during Sunday Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul in downtown Philadelphia.
During the 11 a.m. Mass on Aug. 23, which was being livestreamed, two female readers concluded their readings and were walking back to their pews, when a woman from the congregation assaulted one of them, yelling and punching her twice in the face. The attack was seemingly unprovoked.
This morning, as the 11am Mass inside the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul was in progress, the lector was attacked after stepping out of the sanctuary. @ArchbishopPerez says she is ok and police are investigating. Unclear if police have any leads. @CBSPhilly pic.twitter.com/baE0G6O6pY- Joe Holden (@JoeHoldenCBS3) August 23, 2020