“Tridentine” photo, light source

Some of you were asking about the photos of the Tridentine Mass I posted on Sunday. I also got e-mail about them. Many were curious about the light source. Here is a shot of the church, and you can see the light source: a shaft of sun light.

Just so that you can have a couple other things to talk about….

And ….


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  1. Maureen says:

    I’ve noticed that a lot of old churches were designed to shed sunlight on the altar and the priest. This is harder to notice with a pulled-out altar.

  2. bedwere says:

    There is a mystical significance in the light.

  3. Diane says:

    To be in just the right spot, aimed at just the right people as the sun peaked through that window – wow. A little later or earlier, it would not have been there.

    I would still like to post that last one on my blog, but not without permission. Fr. Z – if you took these, may I use that last one as a lead in to these two posts?

  4. Chris says:

    Not sure about the mystical significance of mere phonons. The true Light Himself is a little over to the left of these, under the form of bread. As St John
    teaches us, ‘the darkness did not comprehend it’, so we just gotta believe.
    As long as the aesthetics don’t distract ones attention from the Lord though,
    they can certainly be conducive to greater prayerfulness.

    I can’t help thinking that the reading of the last gospel after Low Mass was a
    huge loss to the Church. It would be interesting to find out the history of its original inclusion
    one day. Perhaps that will explain why it’s felt no longer necessary.

    Dear Father Z, I understand that the USSCB want to retain ‘Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again’. Do you think His Holiness will ignore this? Can’t you have another meeting with blessed Cardinal Arinze about other matters of concern!?!

  5. Catholic Lady says:


    The Last Gospel – the history if its inclusion was gradual (no pun intended)

    The Catholic Encyclopedia says this began about the 12th century.

    Pius V made this practice universal for the Roman Rite in his edition of the Missal (1570).


    Scan down to # V. The Last Gospel to read more about it.

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