Now THIS is what a bishop looks like!!

Remember my entry about Archbishop Prendergast in Ottawa going to celebrate the older form of Mass?

Check this out!

I really like the gloves with the little suns on the back.

Biretta tip   o{]:¬)   to St. Clement’s in Ottawa.


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  1. Jonathan Bennett says:

    It was a very beautiful Mass.

  2. Many thanks to the Archbishop and to Fr. Z for the link to St. Clement’s parish.
    The other photos are an inspiration, too.

    I don’t mean this to sound shallow, or to suggest that appearances are everything, but it is so much easier for the layman to appreciate who and what a bishop is, when he is vested in full pontificals.

    I really don’t understand why so much was thrown away during the liturgical revolution.

  3. TNCath says:

    Very nice! I’m not trying to be critical here, but it seems to me that His Excellency is not wearing his violet cassock underneath his vestments. I am fairly sure that it is not required when celebrating the Novus Ordo, but is it for the Extraordinary Form?

  4. TNCath,

    I believe you are mistaken about what his excellency is wearing under his alb.

    If you look at the photos of this event at New Liturgical Movement, you will see photos of him meeting parisioners after the Mass, and he is wearing his violate choir cassock.

  5. Timothy James says:

    You will see that he is also wearing the Pallium. This is because he was one of the 40-something Bishops who received the Pallium from Pope Benedict XVI earlier this year. Halifax deeply misses him! And guess what order he belongs to…. (gasp) the Jesuits! Too bad he wasn’t elected as their new head!

  6. Adrian D says:

    I was one of the Altar boys sitting in the choir. It was a fantastic show of support from the Archbishop. He WAS wearing the violet cassock, I was there when he was getting vested. To see a Bishop wear so much to say Mass was amazing and makes you appreciate the support he gives for the St. Clement’s Community.
    Make God continue to Bless him!

    Deo Gratias!

  7. TNCath says:

    Father Augustine,

    Yes, I saw the other photos and saw the violet cassock at the reception. But, if you look at the sleeves of the bishop with his vestments on, you can’t see the sleeves of the cassock. You also can’t see the edge of skirt of the cassock under the alb either. I may very well be mistaken, though. I’ve been wrong before! :) I’m certainly willing to give him the benefit of the doubt!

  8. Karen Russell says:

    Sigh. Back here in Halifax, I still have heard no whispers of an Extraordinary Form Mass. I hope and pray that our new bishop will be as amenable as Archbishop Prendergast clearly is.

  9. pdt says:

    Adrian D – I note that most of the servers were in black, but a few were in red. What is the distinction? (And thank you for your service as well.)

  10. Jonathan Bennett says:

    Let us pray that the other Canadian bishops follow Archbishop Prendergast in support for the traditional Mass.

    I hope His Excellency will someday celebrate Mass in the Cathedral Basilica of Notre Dame de Ottawa. The sanctuary and High Altar have been preserved and are absolutely stunning.

    For anyone else who attended this Mass, it might be a good idea to send a short letter or email of thanks to the good Archbishop, letting him know how much we appreciated his presence at St. Clement’s.

  11. dcs says:

    I want to know the really important stuff. Was His Grace wearing buskins and sandals?? ;-)

  12. Henry Edwards says:

    I want to know the really important stuff. Was His Grace wearing buskins and sandals??

    No doubt we all shudder even to think of the possibility that he was not. But it’s certainly amazing that it took 10 posts to get past the trivia and down to critical ground-level fundamentals of episcopal ceremony and vestiture.

  13. magdalen says:

    Amen to the beautiful witness of this bishop.

  14. Dob says:

    Aaah, what a vision, what ocular balm.

  15. Adrian D says:


    I’m not sure what the red means, but I know that the altar boys wearing the red were the torch bearers, other than that I can’t help you, I don’t know the specific significance.
    Hope that helps!
    Pax Tecum

  16. andrew says:

    In fact, I think the sleeves of the Archbishop’s cassock are rather clearly visible under the alb, although the hem isn’t.

  17. Bibliothecarius says:

    Bavk in the day (pre VII),I was an altar boy at a cathedral. We always wore red. When a new parish was formed in the suburbs for us, we wore black. I always have assumed it is related to the residence of the bishop or archbishop, but I don’t know the symbolism. It’s intersting that the torch bearers in Ottawa wore red; did they proceed before the bishop during the entrance? Maybe they signified his presence.

  18. Marrissa says:

    It’s good this bishop is saying the Traditional Mass and all, but I think it’s wrong for a priest to say the new mass, he should just stick to the right way, the Latin Mass. Note how the SSPX priests will NEVER say a new mass. The Pope is ok with with the SSPX, so what is the problem? Why don’t these priests that have such a love for the Latin mass just leave the “new mess” and say nothing but a Latin Mass?

  19. Will says:

    “but I think it’s wrong for a priest to say the new mass”
    The Novus Ordo is the ordinary form of the Roman Rite, according to the Pope. It is therefore also the “right way” to say mass. If it was the “wrong way,” it is the Pope’s duty to abrogate it. And I don’t see that happening.

    Also, at the risk of being excommnunicated from WDTPRS, I can’t really warm to the Roman-style chasuble. I’m too used to, and fond of, the Gothic chasubles.

  20. Will says:

    “but I think it’s wrong for a priest to say the new mass.”
    The Novus Ordo is the ordinary form of the Roman Rite, and has not been abrogated. Therefore it is the “right way” to say mass. If the Pope found it defective, he would have said so in the motu proprio. I prefer the extraordinary form, but have no issue with the ordinary form. When celebrated reverently and correctly, it can be as meaningful and beautiful as an extraordinary form mass.

    Also, at the risk of being excommunicated from WDTPRS, I can’t really warm up to the Roman-style fiddleback chasuble. I guess I am too used to, and too fond of, the fuller Gothic-style chasuble.

  21. Will says:

    Apologies for the double-post. Impatience is a terrible thing.

  22. milanta says:

    Mons. Terrence Thomas Prendergast, S.J., a great JESUIT. Yes. He’s jesuit if you don’t know ;)

  23. Jonathan Bennett says:

    I have seen the use of both red and black cassocks among Altar servers, though the few times I have served I have always worn black.

    At St. Clement’s I have noticed that it is usually the younger Altar boys who have lesser roles in the Mass (like torchbearer) who wear the red, while the older experienced servers wear the black.

  24. JPG says:

    In the late 1960″s early 1970’s we wore red except in Lent and at funerals.
    I do not remember Advent. If one Altar Boy was Master of ceremonies he wore Black eg Midnight Mass. Torchbearers in our Parish wore white cassocks with a red piece which was gold fringed about the shoulders. This was immediately post changes when some older customs were still extent. When is the last time you saw a torchbearer at an NO Mass except photos from Assumption grotto in Chicago?

  25. Kavi says:

    I have great sympathy for priests and laymen who do not wish to say the Novus Ordo. I have long felt that the Novus Ordo is an inferior form. But as a person who has some experience with missionary and youth initiatives, I can see the importance for at least the existence of a easy-to-grasp, modern mass in the vernacular – permissions (albeit extraordinary) have been given to celebrate such Masses since the seventh century. The fault of the Novus Ordo is not that it exists, but that it is so widely used, along with an ecclesiastical standard for novelties, which is a far bigger problem that the form itself.
    As an aspiring priest, I feel strongly that the Traditional forms are more beautiful, more spiritual, and more holy – but let us not, in our zeal to expound those virtues, unnecessarily demean the “ordinary” forms.

  26. David M.O'Rourke says:

    No, the archbishop was not wearing buskins and sandals nor, for that matter does he seem to be wearing the tunicle. NOt all of the required ministers were there either. It isn’t easy to suddenly outfit bishops with all the pontificals and the buskins and sandals are likely the hardest. But they should indeed be worn having first been granted by the Emperor Constantine to st. Sylvester I. It is like not always easy to get all the ministers to assist the bishop .We still need to have a little patience.

    I do notice the Institute of Christ the King is more likely to have their bishops in full Pontificals and using the full ceremonial. I’m not sure how they manage that but I’m glad they do.

  27. christopher says:

    Does that mean he was inviolate?

  28. Berolinensis says:

    “buskins and sandals … having first been granted by the Emperor Constantine to st. Sylvester I.”

    Oh really. Nothing personal, but I can’t believe that there are still people treating the “constitutum Constantini” as if it were a fact. It has been disproven in the 15th century and it has been almost two centuries that even the most ultramontane apologists have acknowledged that it is a medieval forgery.
    The buskins and sandals were adopted from the distinctive footwear of the higher estates of Rome by the Pope and his deacons in the 5th century. That’s still more than 1500 years of litrugical use, which makes them more than venerable. No need for spurious legends.

  29. mike says:

    I served Mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Altar severs always wore black cassocks. In my local parish, they wore red. The once-famous SP Catherdral Choristers, wore black cassocks with green capes trimmed in gold.Altar servers are substitutes for members of the clerical state, therefore, black.

    i am somewhat put off by what I call tarting up the Mass. I refer to any number of altar servers who are en choro. Members of the laity should never be in choir, unless they are part of a schola, chanting the Mass. There should be a minimum of servers at a Missa Cantata of any degree of solemnity. Torch bearers should be sitting on stools in the sanctuary facing the altar, space permitting. I had to laugh at Midnight Mass in Jersey City. The MC, a super-annuated crepidation who has never read a liturgical book, allowed deacons, clergy and laity to ascend to the footpace following the celebrant’s Communication. The deacons had little space in which to chant the Confiteor. When the ministers descended to distribute Communion, it was as if they were changing trains on the Lexington Ave. subway, having to push their way through the gaggle of geese on the footpace. I could have sworn that the subdeacon actually raised his elbow as if to plow through. Only tonsured men are allowed to pray on the footpace, the altar servers should recite their pre-Communion Confiteor on the sanctuary floor.

    To Will: GET OVER IT!

  30. Henry Edwards says:

    David: It is like not always easy to get all the ministers to assist the bishop. We still need to have a little patience.

    The last time I tried to count them, it appeared that Fortescue and O’Connell specify 23 ministers for a Solemn Pontifical High Mass.

    I do notice the Institute of Christ the King is more likely to have their bishops in full Pontificals and using the full ceremonial. I’m not sure how they manage that but I’m glad they do.

    There appeared to be at least this many there for the ICK ordination in St. Louis last June. Probably more, because of the two additional bishops in choir and the assistant priests for the two ordinands.

    And it seemed to be that Ab. Burke was definitely wearing it all, probably including those buskins and sandals.

  31. Adrian D says:

    David M.O’Rourke,

    I think he was wearing a tunicle, you mean wearing two dalmatics? If thats what you mean than yes he was wearing a Tunicle.I was there when he was vesting.


  32. mike says:

    Most edifying to see a bishop properly attired. However (isn’t there always one?) it appears to me that the bishop is wearing a type of mitre which in times past had been reserved to cardinals. I believe that I read somewhere that there were 3 types of mitres. Can anyone shed some light?

  33. mike says:

    The EB answered my question. The 3 types of mitres are: Mitra pretiosa, Mitra auriphrygiata and, Mitra simplex. The pope and cardinals are privileged to wear the first.

  34. techno_aesthete says:

    mike: EB?

  35. truthfinder05 says:

    Just another note on Archbishop Prendergast, on Epiphany he greeted parishoners at his residence wearing the traditional cape and biretta. This information came from an article in my provincial newspaper. I live at the other end of the country, so at least I’ll assume that many Catholic papers also showed this article AND picture. Finally, I think the Catholic media is warming up to the EF.
    God Bless

  36. Berolinensis says:

    mike said: “The 3 types of mitres are: Mitra pretiosa, Mitra auriphrygiata and, Mitra simplex. The pope and cardinals are privileged to wear the first.”

    No. It depends on the day, but on the days the mitra pretiosa is allowed, every bishop may wear it.

  37. FatherWannaBe says:

    Wow. You’re all so concerned with the hem of his skirt and his french cuffs and his cuff links and his lace…have you lost sight of the real mission of the Church? To bring Jesus Christ to the people? How does $500 lace albs reflect ANYTHING of Jesus Christ? He would have laughed….

  38. mike says:

    EB = Encyclopædia Britannica

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