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The video opens with the lead up to the Mass, with lots of panning around the basilica, inside and out.
The entrance procession, which begins with the super-Italian cheesy trumpet fanfare and the singing of Tu es Petrus! A fine tradition restored.
His Holiness wore a Roman chasuble and a very tall gold miter. A fine tradition restored!
The Gregorian chant Introit (too slowly, I think, and there was a stumble but… beh…), and three-fold Kyrie was sung. A fine tradition restored!
Brick by brick.
During the entrance procession, as His Holiness went by, you could see the bishops and cardinals in choro doffing their headgear. Archbp. Piero Marini did not. I have no idea what that means. Distracted probably by the Gregorian chant in the sight of the miter and chasuble. There were Cardinal Deacons. The concelebrating bishops also had Roman chasubles.
The penitential rite was entirely in Latin. Alas, they had a responsorial psalm, dreadfully gooey ditty. Like being smeared with Lyle’s Golden Syrup.
If you watch the video, you will hear the Second Reading in English with not even the slightest bow to “inclusive language”. The women reads about us all being “sons”… not “sons and daughters”.
The deacon of the Gospel, whose Latin clearly indicated his North American origin, had a dalmatic from the era of John XXIII.
However, what a different atmosphere that Gregorian chant introit created in the basilica. There was nothing of the mood of “spectacle”, the “lets clap for the Pope!” feeling one always had. This was something else completely. It’s not rocket science. Furthermore, just an impression here, His Holiness seemed more at ease.
The bell rang at the epiclesis and elevation.
There were also lots of new camera angles and shots. Good work CTV!
One of WDTPRS’s favorite Cardinals.
A few more moments, before I move on to the rest of the day.
A note to those who would be MC for a bishop. Be careful about how you remove that zucchetto.
After the Ite they stood in place and sang the Alma Redemptoris Mater followed by Adeste Fideles on the way out.