I got a nice note from a reader:
This evening I had the honor of attending the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite at Seton Hall University celebrated by Father Grimm. I took about 150 pictures of the event, which I have uploaded to a Photobucket album, the link I will post below. I thought this would be much easier than attaching all those files to an email, but if another method is better for you let me know and I’ll get you the files some other way. I give you full permission to use these pictures on the WDTPRS. I am far from a professional photographer and many of the pictures from my 5mp Sony point and shoot came out blurry, though I am surprised how many came out pretty well. Also feel free to edit the pictures in anyway necessary to improve their appearance.
In attendance were over 50 students, a great many of them seminarians. In his homily Father Grimm stressed the importance of Catholic traditions, stating that the Extraordinary Form is the same Mass of countless saints including Padre Pio and Elizabeth Ann Seton. After Mass students whom never experienced the Extraordinary Form were greatly impressed by the beauty and reverence of the Mass, remarking that they would like to see the Extraordinary Form celebrated on campus more often.
I thank you for your support in helping to publicize and promote the Extraordinary Form at Seton Hall.
Here is a sample.
Woohoo! Brick by brick!!
I love the photos and what Father Grimm said. There is a beautiful sense of true communion with the saints when one remembers that they also celebrated this Mass. I myself am feeling very strongly that “oneness” as I ponder the significance of TLM and that it is also celebrated today all throughout the world. Just magnificent.
This just occurred to me: this “oneness” that is so popular with the New Age movement doesn’t even come close to what God desires for His children. In the unity of the Holy Spirit are we one.
I’m becoming more and more impressed with the efforts that are being made to take otherwise rather commercial or institutionally neutral spaces and turn them into places where truly reverent liturgical action can take place.
Both here and over at the NLM website, more and more pictures are being posted of rooms with drop ceilings, can lights, air vents, exit signs, fire alarms, etc., that with a little work and ingenuity become chapels worthy of the Divine Liturgy.
Meanwhile, we have Catholic foundations like St. Thomas University in St. Paul going out of their way to take a passible liturgical locus (their chapel) and “reckovate” it into a permanently ugly space, relegating its Catholic identity to obscurity. Too bad they’re trying to be “up-to-date” when in reality they’re going backwards. (Honestly, to see it one wonders how much they spent at Home Depot or Menard’s to buy the pre-fab fencing and other junk they used, and how they can justify the expense!)
Nevertheless, the gravitational pull is getting stronger, as evidenced by the many reports we’re reading thanks to the work of WDTPRS-ers and Fr. Z.
How wonderful! Fr. Grimm was also featured in a (rather balanced) New York Times article on the TLM a couple of weeks ago. We have missed having him in our area since he was sent to teach at the seminary, but but it is very heartening to see that such fruits are coming from his presence there!
I would also encourage others reading to say a quick prayer for Father’s continued ministry as he suffers tremendously from back problems. He is doing so much despite his intense physical ailment!
Kudos to my alma mater!
The first TLM I attended in DC was at St. Mary’s and Fr. Grimm was the one who offered it!
It’s good to see he’s doing well and keeping up with the extraordinary form!
I’m another one of those who knew Fr Grimm from Old St Mary’s.
He does a fantastic job of celebrating the EFL and he is a fantastic homilist.
What we lost, Seton Hall certainly gained.
Do keep him in your prayers for his back. You wouldn’t know he suffers so much because he never lets on that he is in pain.
Great job Seton Hall! May this be the first of many!
For many of us who know him, Father Grimm is the future of the TLM.
Today, in the Our Lady of Lourdes chapel at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in DC many of his young homeschool friends asked Our Lady for her healing intercession on this son who loves her so much.
Father Grimm’s gifts and his love for the Mass of Ages are touching so many souls!
A clarification in reply to David Andrew’s comment about commercial spaces being turned into places worthy of liturgy: this Mass took place in the temporary chapel set up in the lobby of the campus ministry at Seton Hall. The permanent chapel is being restored (not wreckovated), turning an already beautiful chapel into an even more spectacular one. The greatest change is the return of the tabernacle from the former Marian altar to the central axis (behind the chair, it seems). The statue of the BVM will be moved back from the former St. Joseph’s altar, and St. Joseph will find his way home from the back of the chapel. For an preview (unfortunately the picture is small), see http://www.shu.edu/news/article/63435.