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Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez - Credo, Chapter 3 Summary & Analysis

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Credo, Chapter 3 Summary

When Richard is older, he attends a mass with a few different rituals. The modernized service now includes a strong emphasis on words, and a more meaningful recitation of mass by both the priest and the congregation. The priests sit facing the congregation with his back to the tabernacle. Richard thinks that all of these little changes make mass seem less like a prayer to God, and more like a community celebration. Ceremonies like the Kiss of Peace remind Richard of how different the mass services are from past services. Although many of Richard's friends no longer continue to attend mass, Richard still attends, because of the effect Catholic attitudes have had on him. Richard describes himself as a materialist, because he had to carry heavy gold crosses in church. He still carries a trust for people in authority and carries a pessimism that grew...

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