Last night we had a beautiful Candlemas with the blessing of candles, a procession and Pontifical Mass at the Throne. Many heartfelt thanks and kudos to the Extraordinary Ordinary, His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, for doing the honors. The Mass was organized by the Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison.
Getting ready for Mass. There is a lot to do: furniture to move, flowers to place, altar to set up, credence table and places for the clergy to arrange, extra episcopal hardware to assemble, vestments to array….
We decided to start in traditional violet for the blessing and procession and then change to our beautiful gold set.
People brought their candles from home. We also blessed a mess of candles for the chapel.
We went around the church as the choir sang the Antiphons. Listen to one of them.
Then we switched to gold for the Mass, which continued without the prayers at the foot of the altar. The sign on the wall says that people could take their candles. We also had larger candles for each household.
Getting ready for the Gospel, sung to the Tonus ad libitum, since I am all about options. Right?
On the way out. I am grate to my friend Fr. Ferguson, official Parodohymnodist of this blog, for coming so far to be the Assistant Priest. I am open to priests coming here who want the experience of being celebrant for Masses or to participate in Pontifical Masses. Also many thanks to the clerics of Madison. Two of them were Pontifical newbies and they did a great job.
The Extraordinary Ordinary. Thank you!
The New Evangelization doth continue, thusly.