Archbishop Viganò just read the letter of Pope Benedict XVI from last January to Archbishop Alexander Sample, now being installed in Portland.
There is a live stream.
Here is a great screen capture.
A mitre (a little odd), a cardinal’s biretta, a priest’s black biretta, a simple white mitre and an … eye-patch (which has no liturgical function that I know of… though I do know some who turn blind-eyes toward liturgical abuses… okay… I’m not saying that the bishop in the … oh darn… I’ll just stop….). I don’t know who the bishop is with the eye-patch, bless him. [I knew the participants in the combox would supply the information: he is Bishop David Choby of Nashville. I trust that whatever may be the trouble, it is temporary and brief.]
The first part of the ceremony was pretty chatty and the announcers on the stream talk way too much. I am hoping that as this goes along we will get a sample of Sample’s style. You may remember that now-Archbp. Sample gave an amazing sermon in Detroit, which I posted HERE.
I look forward to Archbp. Sample’s remarks. He is now the shepherd of a city that is not known for its conservative Christian values. (GREAT Chinese food, however. I now have another reason to visit again!)
Archbp. Sample’s sermon was the real deal. After he got some of the necessary warm-up boxes checked, he gave a strong homily. Hopefully we can get the audio or video of that part posted here soon.
I especially enjoyed the moment in which Sample cited the Latin phrase, Nemo dat quod non habet, which in macaronic Latin is “Nemo dat quod non got”. This was great because the late Msgr Schuler in St. Paul at St. Agnes parish, where Archbp. Sample lived as a university student, used to quote that all the time. I can’t help but think that the Latin phrase was a tip of the mitre in monsignor’s direction.