First, lunch was a cup of soup and a grilled cheese sandwich.
This was consumed while viewing the Holy Father’s Mass at Santa Sabina, the Roman Station. The day began at the nearby San’tAnselmo on the Aventine Hill for the collect. There was a procession to Santa Sabina, with a litany sung in Latin. I was watching for, among other things, friends. The Vatican “on demand” stream has really improved and the player is good. Kudos to CTV!
The Holy Father used a Roman pianeta today.
The Mass was in both Latin and Italian. It seems the principle was, if it is spoken it is vernacular, and if it is sung it’s in Latin.
This is exactly the same principle that my old pastor, the late Msgr. Richard Schuler used when building (in continuity with our Roman tradition) the liturgical practice with exceptional sacred music at my home parish in St. Paul, Minnesota. For the Novus Ordo “High Mass”, celebrated ad orientem, with deacons vested properly – including maniples and birettas – what was sung was in Latin (the Ordinary in Gregorian chant or polyphony or an orchestral setting and the Proper in Gregorian chant), and what was spoken (the readings, prayers of the faithful) were in English. In the Holy Father’s Mass, the prayers spoken by the Pope were in Italian, the first reading was spoken in Italian, the Gospel however, was sung by a deacon in Latin.
The Holy Father’s brief (for him) sermon dealt with the symbolism of ashes.
Now it’s time to change the oil in my car.
I am 68% sure that the bishop, visible in the gap, behind Archbp. Fisichella (with the biretta) is Bp. Robert Morlino of Madison, in Rome to make the ad limina visit and lead a diocesan pilgrimage.
I went back and took at look at the entrance procession, and I am still fairly sure.