From yesterday’s Pontifical Mass at the Faldstool for the Feast of the Assumption at St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff, WI. His Excellency Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino (aka the Extraordinary Ordinary) was the celebrant. Most the seminarians of the diocese were there, either in liturgical roles in the sanctuary or in choro, some with their new birettas from the biretta project!
Confessions were heard during Mass.
People were asked to pray in a special way for an increase in vocations to the Holy Priesthood.
The bishop is incensed.
The Subdeacon, fulfilled by Msgr. Bartylla, Vicar General, heads to his place for the singing of the first reading.
Note that the Deacon and Assistant priest are in the act of putting on their birettas.
We had a traditional blessing of flowers and herbs, fruits and vegetables before Mass. Flowers went to the main altar, St. Joseph and, of course, the Blessed Virgin. Alas, people are so used to seeing flowers on the altar itself, they put the flowers on the mensa of the side altars rather than the gradins.
We have good congregational sung responses. The choir did a fine job with De Victoria’s Missa Quarti Toni, Gregorian chant, and motets.
It was a beautiful Mass in honor of Our Blessed Mother, who, as daughter of her Son, always redirects our gaze back to the Lord, at whose side she is Queen of Heaven, Queen of the Clergy.
More photos are coming.