I am told that seminarians of the Diocese of Erie, headed by His Excellency Most Rev. Donald Trautman, served Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Holy Father.
I am sure would have been a thrill for them.
Or it would have been, …. had the Holy Father not spoiled everything.
In his sermon, the Holy Father said, in my quick translation:
The Child looks at the Mother, and she looks at us, almost so as to reflect towards one who is observing, and praying, the tenderness of God, descended in Her from Heaven and incarnated in that Son of man whom she carries in her arms. In this Marian icon we are able to contemplate something of God Himself: a sign of ineffable love ("amore ineffabile") that spurred Him to "give His only-begotten Son" (John 3:16).
Imagine the confusion as the servers from Erie milled around, confused, wounded, groping to understand.