Remember my remark some time ago: "Did someone find the keys for the old dusty wardrobes?"
I think they did.
As Shouts points out, this chair, so much more dignified than the one we have seen for years in the Basilica, has been around for a while.
Meanwhile for the Urbi et Orbi blessing…
Precious miter of John Paul I, cope of John XXIII, throne of Leo XIII. ‘Nuf said.
And there is the not so little matter of the famous Seventh Candle.
"But Father! But Father!", some of you are no doubt saying, "What’s with that seventh candle thing anyway? Big deal!"
Yes, it is a big deal. It is a signal to a watching world. Indeed the whole world was watching, too: this was the televised Midnight Mass.
The seventh candle could be used for Pontifical High Mass when celebrated by an Ordinary in his diocese (or by the Pope anywhere, of course). The seventh candle, placed in the middle and in line with the other six, but it should be a little higher. This pushes the crucifix a little out of line… which also emphasizes it, in my opinion. Pope Benedict is acutely sensitive to the position of the Cross during Holy Mass.
I wonder when the last time it was used?
The Holy Father, with his choice of vestments and the accouterments for the altar for Mass and for Vespers during Advent, not to mention the change of Master of Ceremony, is giving us a new orientation for divine worship.
Old cabinets are being opened, wardrobes explored, curtains drawn back in rooms that have been locked, boxes brought into the light once again.
Time to buy stock in silver and gold polish companies as well as the makers of dusters and citrus oils.