If any of you will be at the installation of the new bishop of Wilmington, Delaware, Most Rev. W. Francis Malooly, please get in touch!
I would be interested in details of who attended, if you know what I mean, and what the sermon was, if you know what I mean.
Apparently Sen. Biden did not attend the installation Mass of his new bishop.
From a reader who was there:
Fr. Z are you still interested in a report from the Wilmington installation. As you know Biden was not there, thank goodness. The Bishop gave a very strong prolife homily, apologized for the clergy sexual abuse scandal, and promised to lead and asked others to follow.
Cardinal Keeler from Baltimore, Archbishop O’Brien from Baltimore, the Papal Nuncio were the big names in attendance. Bishop Mulvee, 7th Bishop of Wilmington, was supposed to attend but had a heart cauterization procedure in Rhode Island.
The installation was typical Amchurch — the only sign of beauty was Mozart’s Ave Verum. A few of the priests did note one quizical factor not seen in Wilmington in a long time that the crozier bearer had on white gloves — we don’t know who introduced this or if it was demanded.
The night before we had ‘Solemn Vespers’ in the Cathedral I was shocked to see that they were going to expose the Most Blessed Sacrament this has not been seen in a while either. The Bishop gave a good homily on the importance of Eucharistic Exposition and its role in Vocations. Disappointingly though, neither the O Salutaris nor the Tantum Ergo were sung either in Latin or English though were were inundated with Spanish ‘songs’ at the installation Mass.
I met you in Rome a few years ago on Feb. 22 on the feast of the Chair of St. Peter where you took my picture along with one of my friends. Unfortunately at the time I did not know who I was meeting and have been an avid fan of your blog for 3 years now. Thanks for everything