Detroit – Assumption Grotto: Solemn TLM

The great Fr. Perrone of Assumption Grotto in Detroit celebrated a solemn TLM at the outdoor grotto.

There are some fine photos of the event at Te Deum.


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  1. TNCath says:

    I love the relics on the altar. Nice touch! You just can’t beat the ad orientem position! The photo alone oozes transcendence!

  2. Awesome photos, Diane!.

  3. Kevin says:

    Stunning…just stunnning!

  4. Diane says:


    I have asked Fr. Perrone to clue me in on the relics. I do know that he has a relic of the True Cross that is often on the apse of the main wall altar in church. But, there were at least two and I’ve emailed to let him know I was getting inquiries that very day already. The relics appear in several photos.

    I just wish I had noticed them sooner to have zoomed in close. Later, I’ll make a post on the relics and if it is the relic of the True Cross, I have a very good closeup of that when it was in Church.

  5. EDG says:

    What a beautiful service. Great photos! Where are the vestments from?

  6. Rosie says:

    Now those are modern yet very beautiful and meaningful vestments. Thank you, Father. Just beautiful.

  7. About the vestments:

    Little is known about these vestments, other than they have been used traditionally at Assumption Grotto for some time before Fr. Perrone became pastor just over 12 years ago. All people keep telling me is, “those are very old”. I don’t know if that means 20 years, 50 years, or more.

    The vestments had to be sent out to be refurbished soon before I got to the parish in 2005. They are kept in a vault and only used on Assumption and perhaps one or two other Marian feast days.

    I have tried to learn more about them, but there does not seem to be anyone at the parish that knows anything further about them. Truly, a pity.

    The antipendium used on our wall altar and the coverings for sacred vessels, which will appear in some later posts I plan on making in the coming week, all match those vestments.

  8. Peter says:

    A question raised by the photo:

    why is it that so many servers (and sacred ministers) when lifting the chasuble at the elevation seem compelled to lift it ‘way up’. It is hard to put this delicately, but the gesture oft times then has the potential to be disedifying.

    I’m not sure if this is correct, but I was told that the lifting of the chasuble stemmed originally from assisting the priest to lift his arms by taking some of the weight of the heavy (‘gothic’)vestment (and then presumably from the side not the very back). As the cut of the chasuble changed through the baroque period to the ‘fiddleback’ this practical reason was less and less important but the action was retained as a vestige.

  9. Is your refriegerator running? says:

    Why is the M.C.? holding the chasuble anyway?

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