If any of you watched the Holy Father’s Mass at the Lateran, and perhaps recorded it, could you do me a favor?
I noticed that the Pope’s time of silent prayer before the Altar of Repose after Mass was especially prolonged. I haven’t seen him stay that long, in years past, before the tabernacle after the Holy Thursday Mass.
How long did he kneel before the Blessed Sacrament? I don’t mean by that question to imply that a shorter time would have been less meaningful or intense for the Holy Father. It is simply that his time there was longer than I have seen before.
I ask this question in the context of my own reading of Pope Benedict’s sermon for the Mass of the Last Supper, which I presented and examined here. He spoke of his own ministry as Peter.