Just a nice email:
His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke is in St. Louis in what he described as “home”. He is here to give a retreat to (in his exact words), “our beloved seminarians”. I presume he uses the word “our” since he noted in his homily that he takes great pride in the fact the Holy Father named him “archbishop emeritus of St. Louis”.
Aside from the public Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis today, at the invitation of Archbishop Carlson, his only other two public appearances are at the two oratories who celebrate exclusively the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.
I am a former parishoner of the Oratory parish of Ss. Gregory and Augustine ( I now live in Chicago), so I returned for the event at “Greg n’ Gus”. I thought you would like to see the pictures from Friday evening. The temporary chapel was packed with parishoners. The service was began with a solemn entrance, vesting at the altar, sermon, Benediction, Litany of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, and prayers to Our Lady of Walsingham.
The parish is adminstered by the English Benedictine Monks of St. Louis Abbey and the rector is The Rev. Dom Bede Price, MA (Oxon). The monastic community was present, provided the schola, served as mc’s and one as subdeacon. The abbot, the Right Rev. Dom Thomas Frerking, PhD (Oxon) attended in choir and greeted the cardinal at the reception.
After Benediction, there was a reception in the hall where the children of the parish warmly greeted him first. The gift of a golden mitre was presented by the very first child baptized at the oratory. His Eminence stayed until 11pm until he finished greeting everyone who wanted to see him.