Once upon when a Cardinal celebrated Holy Mass in one of the Roman Major Basilicas at the Papal Altar it was a special event. Only the Pope could celebrate at those altars. A special bull from the Pope had to be posted above the altar to show that he had permission.
These days it is not so special anymore to see a Cardinal celebrating at those altars.
But it is special when that Cardinal is pontificating in the fullness of the traditional Roman Rite.
This morning, Antonio Card. Cañizares Llovera, Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship, celebrated Pontifical High Mass in the older, traditional use at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran. The ceremonies were handled by the the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate.
That makes two times in one week the older Mass has been celebrated in the Lateran Basilica.
The eye-candy specialists will have more images, but this one struck me.
It had to start slowly, folks.