“Tridentine” wedding eye candy

Brought to you by the Holy Catholic Church as faithfully express at Assumption Grotto in Detroit:


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  1. totustuusmaria says:

    How lovely! God bless their common life. If I were to marry, I’d hope it’d look like that.

  2. magdalen says:

    One of the most beautiful Mass pictures I have ever seen.

  3. Diane says:

    Thanks for sharing, Fr. Z.

    Be sure to see the many photos in the link provided within Fr. Z’s post.

    The exchange of vows at the beginning was most photographic, as well.

  4. captainbozo says:

    How dare the bride and groom turn their backs to the people!!! ;)

  5. david andrew says:

    Having lived in the greater Detroit area for seven years while a doctoral student in music at U of M Ann Arbor, I can tell you that the Grotto was, and is, an oasis in a cultural, liturgical and musical desert for the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Detroit.

    When I was active there, I was much more liberal (a card-carrying NPM member), and heard so much scorn poured upon the Grotto and its programs. I know the organist there, and she’s a wonderful musician. I wish I could say the same for the head of the Archdiocesan Office of Liturgy, who is a music director with no degree in music that I’m aware of.

  6. david andrew says:

    Sorry. . . clarification: by “active there” I meant active in the Archdiocese, not at Grotto. I held several full-time positions at Catholic parishes while in Michigan.

  7. RBrown says:

    I don’t know where to put this, but for those who have never seen Pius XI:


  8. Tom says:

    It is difficult to believe that Rome took that from 99 percent of Latin Church Catholics.

    Why? Why? Why?

    What a mysterious, mysterious course that Rome has embarked upon during the past 40 or so years.

  9. It is my hope that my wedding will be like this (the one that God willing lets me have to the Church) :)

  10. Daniel Anselmo says:

    Wonderful, amazing, awesome… I’m getting without articles. Thanks for the photo. And thanks to the photographer. And to the couple.

  11. Johnny Womack says:

    God be praised!!!

  12. Johnny Womack says:

    God be praised!!!

  13. Now that’s Triumphalism at its best: the wedding between two people redeemed by the wedding of the Son of God with His Bride the Church (during the Last Supper and Calvary).

    With the Mother of God, we rejoice in the “New Wine”, the Most Precious Blood of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen and Amen.

    And what wedding vows! and here I speak of Christ and the Church: “Hoc est enim Corpus meum… Hic est enim calix Sanguinis mei…”

  14. Marie says:

    It is beautiful…
    did anyone else, however, wish the bride’s dress had been a bit more modest?

  15. Mairead says:

    Absolutely beautiful

  16. Dob says:

    Ahhhhh, A breath of fresh air after imbuing the visual stench of the previous post.

  17. Lindsay says:

    We traveled to Assumption Grotto for masses while visiting family in the area over the holidays. It was wonderful. The NO in Latin on Christmas Day (ad orientem) was lovely and exactly what it should be, and my husband and I both thought that the Missa Cantata with orchestra must be what heaven is like!

    My 3 year old just came and looked at this photo and said, “Wow, that’s amazing. God’s house at Christmas. It’s amazing!” He remembered.

  18. Ryan says:

    Compare the photographs of this Mass to those of the atrocity featured in the post below this one. In one of these, the focus is upon God; in the other, man worships himself.

  19. mike says:

    I especially liked all the pagan Tannenbaum. This is part of the modern mindset, “if it (looks) good do it.”

    Tom – you can’t expect a serious reply to yout jejeune post. Papa Montini let the cat out of the bag when he said, ” from somewhere or other, the smoke of Satan has entered the sanctuary.” If you’re serious, read From Dawn to Decadence (Barzun) which traces how man replaced God over the centuries. Then, One Hundred Years of Modernism (Bourmaud) and The Liturgical Movement (Bonneterre) Unless you know what has happened, you can’t know how to retify the situation, even if only personally.

  20. techno_aesthete says:

    Marie, at least the bride and her bridesmaids had a covering over their shoulders. I was taken aback by the dresses on the young female flower/ring bearers with spaghetti straps. Surely there are more modest dresses for young girls, especially for when they are at Mass.

  21. danphunter1 says:

    Those videos of Pope Pius XI, and Pope Pius XII are amazing.
    I wish I understood Italian for the Pius XI film.
    Did not need any lingua for the Pius XII film.
    That was amazing.
    I did not know that He made a film about himself.
    God bless two of the three greatest Pontiffs of the 20th century!
    Ecce Sacerdos Magnus!

  22. Ken says:

    When did the bride and groom get permission to be situated in the sanctuary instead of just outside the communion rail? My understanding is that only royalty was allowed in the sanctuary for the nuptial blessing and Mass.

  23. Ann says:

    In answer to a couple of comments. Yes you can be in the Sanctuary for an Extraordinary Rite wedding. We had one and it’s awesome! You do feel like royalty.

    re Marie’s comment. Oh dear! Wouldn’t it have been so much kinder to applaud this pretty, modern bride for wearing a shawl over her shoulders instead of going strapless like practically every bride you see these days. Especially as it’s darned near impossible to find a wedding dress that isn’t strapless. I know we live in a tacky world but it’s easy to get too obsessed with “modest dressing” and lose sight of plain common sense. Good luck to this charming couple and may they be very happy!

  24. Ken says:

    Okay, says what or who? (mind you, we’re talking about the 1962 rubrics, not the post-62 rubrics combined with the 1962 blessing and Mass.) I know it’s done often — my question is when did this change?

  25. mike says:

    Ken – I don’t know on what you based your understanding, but you’re wrong. Don’t be such a pharisee. I’ll bet you read it in a book. The only time a bride & groom were positioned “just outside the Communion rail” was when one of the parties was not Catholic.

  26. TJM says:

    But, but …. we were told that no young people wanted this. We have been lied to. Shock, shock. Tom

  27. CarolinaGeo says:

    My first prayer is that I find a lovely bride.

    My second is that we be married in the Traditional rite.

    I once attended a wedding that was celebrated according to the Dominican rite. It was no less than amazing! That set the standard for all subsequent Nuptial Masses that I’ve attended. None has even come close (they’ve all been Novus Ordo, so that’s not really a surprise).

    May God bless this couple!

  28. joe says:

    It almost makes me want to get my marriage annulled so I could marry my wife all over again!



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