Of Popes, Jubilees and Pontifical Masses

I was alerted to this video over at Rorate.

I would point out that this year on 29 June is the 60th Jubilee of our Holy Father’s ordination to the priesthood, together with his brother Georg.

It is too bad that there could not be a Pontifical Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC for the anniversary of Pope Benedict’s election.

Wouldn’t it be great if there could be one – somewhere – for his 60th Jubilee?

Of Popes, Jubilees and Pontifical Masses
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12 Responses to Of Popes, Jubilees and Pontifical Masses

  1. Marius2k4 says:

    Why could there not be a Pontifical Mass at the NSIC this year? This seems to be something about which I’m uninformed.

  2. Guillaume says:

    This video is wonderful. As a young priest, I am thrilled to see, at the end of the video, the new priest Ratzinger! Benedictus sit Deus qui nobis talem pontificem nobis tribuit!

  3. Dan says:

    You can see a close up of (then) Fr. Ratzinger at 4:53…I’m sure the young priest never thought he would one day be a Cardinal, and then Pope!

  4. BaedaBenedictus says:

    In the absence of a Pontifical Mass, as a lowly layman I shall have to suffice with praying for his intentions at Mass that day and toasting him with a big glass of Franziskaner (reportedly his favorite beer).

  5. Look at all the ordinands! It was a huge deal a couple of years ago in my diocese when we had six.

    I’ve never seen shortened chasubles like the new priests were wearing in this film. They looked as though their bottom halves were folded up in the back. Is there some significance to that, or is that just a style that’s not seen nowadays?

  6. cpf says:

    Miss Anita More, O.P.,

    Good eye! The chasuable being folded in the back was once, or rather IS, part of the rite of ordination in the extraordinary form. The chasuable would remain folded until the end of the Mass when a second laying on of hands occurred and the new priests were given the power to forgive sins. At the end of the prayer the chasuable is unfolded.

  7. Thank you, CPF. Another of many lost things that need to be restored.

  8. Henry Edwards says:

    It may be of interest to mention the two separate prayers bestowing specific priestly powers in the EF rite of ordination. Immediately after the anointing of the hands (before the Gospel) comes the

    Bestowal of the Power to Offer Holy Mass
    “Receive the power to offer sacrifice to God and to celebrate Mass for the living as well as for the dead. In the name of the Lord. Amen.”

    This is where the ordinand receives his folded chasuble.

    Later, in the continuation of the ordination following Holy Communion, comes the

    Bestowal of the Power to Forgive Sins
    “Receive the Holy Ghost; whose sins thou shalt forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins thou shalt retain, they are retained.”

    The new priest’s chasuble is then unfolded.

    I don’t recall that these two separate powers are mentioned explicitly in the OF rite of ordination.

  9. irishgirl says:

    I saw this video on Rorate’s also. NLM (New Liturgical Movement) had it, too.
    Very cool! I had to look really close at 4:53 to spot the young priest ‘who would be Pope’.
    Fantastic to see all the many ordinands of that day so long ago! To think they all survived the horrors of the war to see the day of their ordination! I would be curious to know how many of the Class of ’51 are still around-and still in the priesthood! Of course, one of them is his brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger!
    I think it would be a great idea to have that EF Mass at the National Shrine to honor the Holy Father’s Diamond Jubilee! Maybe someone can put in a bug in the ears of the Paulus Institute!

  10. I don’t recall that these two separate powers are mentioned explicitly in the OF rite of ordination.

    Henry, they’re not. In fact, the first time I attended a priestly ordination, I couldn’t figure out at which precise point the priesthood was actually conferred.

  11. robtbrown says:

    Miss Anita Moore, O.P. says:

    I don’t recall that these two separate powers are mentioned explicitly in the OF rite of ordination.

    Henry, they’re not. In fact, the first time I attended a priestly ordination, I couldn’t figure out at which precise point the priesthood was actually conferred.

    NB: The imposition of hands, which is the matter of the Sacrament.

  12. Prof. Basto says:

    God bless the Pope!

    Prof. Basto, on vacation in London.

    PS: The Brompton Oratory is a beautiful place!