And so it begins.
The procession leaves the Pauline Chapel to go around the corner into the Sistine
Card. Re, the senior Cardinal Elector, guides the process.
At the beginning of the procession he prays:
Cum sacris litaverimus, nunc Conclave, ad eligendum Romanum Pontificem, ingrediemur. Ecclesia universa, nobis in oratione communi coniuncta, gratiam Spiritus Sancti instanter exorat, ut dignus Pastor universi gregis Christi a nobis eligatur. Dominus dirigat gressus nostros in via veritatis, ut, intercendentibus Beata semper Virgine Maria, Beatis Apostolis Petro et Paulo, et omnibus sanctis, quae ei sunt placita semper agamus.
Since we offered holy sacrifices, now we enter the Conclave to elect a Supreme Pontiff. The whole church, joined to us in common prayer, earnestly prays for the grace of the Holy Spirit, that a worthy Shepherd of the whole flock of Christ be elected by us. The Lord directs our steps in this path of truth, so that, as Bless Mary ever Virgin, the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and all the saints are interceding, will always bring about those things which are pleasing to Him.
Card. Burke reverenced the altar.
By the way, I really object to the playing of an organ for the responses during the Litany of Saints, even though the Sistine Chapel Choir is with them. What are they, completely unfamiliar with the tune? An organ in the Sistine Chapel? The most famous place in the world for a cappella music (from the “chapel”… which chapel did they have in mind!?!?)
Fantastic camera work. But then, point a camera anywhere in there and it is still amazing. I once spent time alone in the Sistine Chapel, but that’s another story for another time.
The Cardinal Electors must all take their oath. They first recite the oath together then they all conclude by saying the most solemn part, one by one, with their hands on the Holy Scriptures.
Getting ready for the oath.
Here is one American Cardinal taking the oath…
Et ego, N., Cardinalis N., spondeo, voveo, ac iuro. Sic me Deus adiuvet et haec Sancta Dei Evangelia, quae manu mea tango.
And I, N. Cardinal, N., promise, vow and swear. Thus, may God help me and these Holy Gospels which I touch with my hand.
Many of the Cardinals seem not to be aware that Latin words have accents on certain syllables which are determined by the language, rather than by the Cardinal himself.
I had to take an oath before my ordination which ended very much in the same way, having to do with upholding the teaching of the Church.
How to men who take such oaths ever break them?
Various Cardinals of interest making their oath.
Turkson… look how tall Pell is.
Ranjith, who has Pope Benedict’s liturgical vision.
Havin’ a look around.
Card. Burke. Pope Leo XIV? Gregory XVII? He has Papa Ratzinger’s liturgical vision.
After the lay people were cleared out the head of the Swiss Guard leads the clerics out.
And now we wait.