Earlier today I streamed the Vatican Radio audio feed of the Holy Father’s 1st Vespers from the Vatican Basilica.
I couldn’t access CTV for the live feed without such interference and to capture images. Our friends at NLM, the liturgical eye-candy specialists, picked up some pics from the EWTN feed. Here is one.
I have a few more images now.
I like the use of the ombrellino to bring the Blessed Sacrament to the altar.
This is how you drape a cope when kneeling at the bench. Copes should also be closed in front, over the knees, when seated.
More and more we are seeing birettas on prelates. Here are some curial bishops and archbishops.
Among them the great Archbp. Burke, Prefect of the Segnatura and, in back, a former papal MC.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Some bullet points of the Roman Pontiff’s sermon pronounced in Italian:
- 1st Vespers of the Marian feast.
- O admirabile commercium, the antiphon for the first psalm. "Wondrous exchange". In the Te Deum we sing "Tu, ad liberandum suscepturus hominem, non horruisti Virginis uterum"
- Tonight we are invited to gaze at Mary who received Christ in her heart and brought Him to the light of the world.
- Theotokos. Mary is known as Mother of God from antiquity. The Church affirms this belief.
- Thanksgiving for the year placed in the hands of Mary. This is shared with those present, from city and ecclesiastical government and the faithful present.
- Ask forgiveness for our poor use of time.
- We must know how to give thanks every day, for only in Christ is the light of the mystery of man. (Gaudium et spes 22).
- Christ’s presence is a gift to be shared by all. Initiatives of charity. Educate people in hope.
- The uncertainty of our day. Mary leads us to Christ. Vocations of parents.
- Concern for the city of Rome, a hedonistic mentality. There is a growing need for evangelization.
- Young people: don’t be afraid! Don’t fear the task the Lord has entrusted to you. The Holy Spirit will help you bear witness to the joy of faith and the beauty of being Christian.
- "The world falls into ruin and everyone is thinking of himself."
- The maternal presence of Mary assures us that God will never abandon us.