VIDEO Interview: Bp. Gainer of @HBGDiocese about Traditional Roman Rite and vocations

In the older, traditional way of thinking about Holy Mass, when we celebrate a traditional Pontifical Mass, especially at the throne, we perceive the Mass as being the spiritual gathering of the entire diocese in that moment and place in the person of the bishop and his sacred ministers.  This is one reason why there would be present at these Masses, as servers or ministers, members of the bishop’s household or chancery: it is as they were official witnesses to the act, in a manner not unlike the counter signing of documents by a chancellor and notary.

Hence, the celebration of these Pontifical Masses in the older, traditional Roman Rite, I believe, are moments of tremendous blessings for a whole diocese.

I just watched an interview with Bishop Ronald Gainer of Harrisburg who celebrated a Pontifical Mass at the Throne for the blessing of the chapel and cloister of a new group of Carmelites.   He spoke of the link between this form of Holy Mass and vocations.

Tune in at 4:00.

Bishop Gainer Interview – “Don’t Be Afraid Of Holiness” from Jim Hale on Vimeo.

One of the things I really like about this interview, is that the Bishop admits that he wasn’t trained in these solemn traditional forms, but that he relied on the experience of the sacred ministers around him. In other words, he trusted them and went ahead and did it anyway! That’s impressive. He knows Latin but he is learning the gestures and so forth.

Fr. Z kudos!

By the way, the Bishop has recently been in the news, making strong statements concerning L’Affaire McCarrick.

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5 Responses to VIDEO Interview: Bp. Gainer of @HBGDiocese about Traditional Roman Rite and vocations

  1. bibi1003 says:

    Bishop Gainer baptized me when I came into the Church at Easter Vigil, 2009. He was bishop of the Diocese of Lexington, KY then. The Diocese of Harrisburg is lucky to have him.

  2. KAS says:

    This is so refreshing! I do love the older/extraordinary form. It is beautiful in ways that newer forms lack. I visited a town we may move to, and went to Mass in the tiny mission church there. It is mostly old people, maybe two families with children, and the lady I spoke with said that there were other young families but they all drove to another town for the Latin Mass. Not a short commute. At least the guitars were well played and one of the songs was a good old one–although my friend complained because it was “protestant” but as it wasn’t a heretical one, was beautiful and God focused, I don’t care who wrote it. Sadly, the rest was awful. If we move I will have to figure out how to do the commute once a month.

  3. KAS says:

    This is so refreshing! I do love the older/extraordinary form. It is beautiful in ways that newer forms lack. I visited a town we may move to, and went to Mass in the tiny mission church there. It is mostly old people, maybe two families with children, and the lady I spoke with said that there were other young families but they all drove to another town for the Latin Mass. Not a short commute.

  4. Legisperitus says:

    I’ve met Bishop Gainer many times. He is a wonderful man and holy Bishop who is quietly doing a lot of good for the Church. God bless him.

  5. APX says:

    Despite having partial walls constructed of plywood, these nuns have managed to to have a beautiful altar (I didn’t even notice the plywood at first) and double grilles.

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